New Directions Press was founded in 1936 by a pack of a wolves … no. Actually. Just James Laughlin … who was studying under Ezra Pound. From the NDP website:
“I asked Ezra Pound for ‘career advice,'” James Laughlin recalled. “He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do ‘something’ useful.” Intended “as a place where experimentalists could test their inventions by publication,”
They publish such luminaries as Celine, Charles Baudelaire, Roberto Bolano, Yukio Mishima, and W.G. Sebald. Recently,
“ND has relaunched many classics recently with introductions by contemporary authors: these include Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (Introduction by Arthur Miller) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Introduction by Edward Albee), John Hawkes’ Second Skin (Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides), and John Gardner’s October Light (Introduction by Tom Bissell).”
I mean, this is your literary cred. Buy a ND edition, light up a trendy cigarette, and sit back in a coffee house and complain about how the damn bourgeoisie are taking over the country.
You might also need a beret.
We are selling the entire ND canon at 10% off. We have almost everything that they have in print. On Monday we will have everything.