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September 9, 2011 |
Michael Stern Hart, a burly rebel whose vision of a literate society led him to pioneer the electronic book decades before the spread of the Internet, has died. He was 64. The founder of the online library Project Gutenberg, Hart had been in poor health and was found Tuesday at his Urbana, Ill., home, said Project Gutenberg Chief Executive Gregory B. Newby. An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death. Hart was a freshman at the University of Illinois in 1971 when he was granted free access to the campus' enormous mainframe computer.
August 17, 1986 |
Over at Grove Press, the lawsuits and hard feelings continue to fly between founder Barney Rosset and new owners Ann Getty and Lord George Weidenfeld. Fired from the top job, Rosset not only finds himself out of a job, but in possession of previously unpublished manuscripts by longtime Grove author Samuel Beckett. First to reach Rosset was "Eleutheria," a full-length play Beckett wrote in French around 1946, roughly the same time he wrote "Waiting for Godot."
September 14, 2010
Paris-based fashion house Thierry Mugler has tapped Lady Gaga's stylist, Nicola Formichetti, as creative director for its women's and menswear labels. The label said Monday that Formichetti, who is also fashion director with Vogue Hommes Japan, is to begin with the fall-winter 2011-12 collections. Formichetti, a half-Japanese, half-Italian 33-year-old, replaces Spaniard Rosemary Rodriguez. Formichetti will oversee Mugler's head women's designer Sebastien Peigne, formerly of Balenciaga, and head menswear designer Romain Kremer, who also designs his own signature label.
October 3, 2008 |
Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O'Connor's "Obscene" is as vital, incisive and entertaining as its subject, Barney Rosset, who in his 80s is as witty and impassioned as ever in his defense of the freedom of expression. The founder of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, those bugaboos of the censorious in the '60s and '70s, once said, "I feel personally there hasn't been a word written or uttered that shouldn't be published. " Rosset has spent his life -- and lost a fortune -- in living up to that belief.
February 25, 2001 |
In 1951, Barney Rosset bought a small, failing reprint publisher that took its name from the Greenwich Village street on which it was housed. He paid $3,000 for Grove Press. Rosset was 29, a World War II veteran, recently separated from his first wife, painter Joan Mitchell, who had been his high school sweetheart.
September 11, 2008 |
This year's National Book Awards, taking place in New York on Nov. 19, will include a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Maxine Hong Kingston. The Oakland-based Kingston, whose books include the memoir "The Woman Warrior," was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival in April. The awards also will recognize Barney Rosset, former publisher of the Evergreen Review and Grove Press, with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.