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Norton Relaunches the House of Liveright (Press-Release)

Norton Relaunches the House of Liveright (Press-Release)

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W. W. Norton Press Release (June 21, 2011)

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., the eighty-eight year old independent book publishing firm, will re-launch its wholly-owned subsidiary, one of the most distinguished literary imprints in the history of American publishing—Liveright & Company. Robert Weil, a longtime Norton executive editor whose books have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Bancroft Prize, among many other honors, has been named editor-in-chief and publishing director of the imprint.
W. W. Norton Press Release (June 21, 2011)

W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., the eighty-eight year old independent book publishing firm, will re-launch its wholly-owned subsidiary, one of the most distinguished literary imprints in the history of American publishing—Liveright & Company. Robert Weil, a longtime Norton executive editor whose books have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Bancroft Prize, among many other honors, has been named editor-in-chief and publishing director of the imprint.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Louise BrockettExecutive Director, Publicity Lbrockett@wwnorton.com212-790-4266 NORTON RELAUNCHES THE HOUSE OF LIVERIGHTRobert Weil to Direct Distinguished ImprintNew York, NY, June 21, 2011---W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., the eighty-eight year old independent book publishing rm, will re-launch its wholly-owned subsidiary, one o the most distinguished literary imprints in the history o American publishing—Liveright &Company. Robert Weil, a longtime Norton executive editor whose books have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and BancrotPrize, among many other honors, has been named editor-in-chie and publishing director o the imprint.“It has long been my hope to reinvigorate the Liveright imprint and to build upon itstradition o publishing outstanding works that dene and redene our culture,” commented  Norton chairman and president W. Drake McFeely in making the announcement. “Under the editorial guidance o Robert Weil, Liveright will no doubt be able to do just that. BobWeil is one o the most exciting and visionary editors working in America today. Withrecent successes including Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses o Monticello, Edward O.Wilson’s Anthill, and John Ashbery’s new translation o Rimbaud’s Illuminations, Bob Weilshows the range, depth, and mastery to take Liveright to the pinnacle o literary publishing.”Mr. Weil commented, “I am thrilled to be able to take the lead in creating a twenty-rst- century Liveright. It is immensely gratiying to know that now, in 2011—when somany pundits bemoan the collapse o traditional publishing and speak o a world in whichthe Internet has ravaged the human attention span—Norton stands ready to move even morestrongly in the direction o enduring quality.History o LiverightFirst with business partner Albert Boni and later on his own, Horace Liverightcreated a publishing rm that captured the fowering o literature in the 1920s and early1930s. Eager to challenge the staid and stifing traditions o nineteenth-century publishingthat remained dominant in American letters even ater World War I, the progressiveLiveright took note o the American cultural revolution transorming the arts in the 1920s, particularly in music and painting. Liveright was eager to eect the same transormation
 
in literature. He signed up the then-experimental works o writers and poets like GertrudeStein, E.E. Cummings, Djuna Barnes, and William Faulkner. Unintimidated by censors and conventional tastemakers, Liveright also gravitated to writers like Theodore Dreiser, AnitaLoos, and Isadora Duncan, all who challenged the moral conventions o the day.Liveright also cast his net overseas, issuing commercial translations o classic authorsand publishing the works o new English writers who were making their mark. Europeanauthors on his list included Sigmund Freud, Bertrand Russell, and T.S. Eliot, among others.Liveright eschewed the ephemeral themes that captured the ancies o moremainstream publishers and willingly orsook the bestseller list in the short term or worksthat, he was certain, would stand the test o time. As a result, a disproportionately highnumber o writers and celebrities whom Liveright and Boni signed up have lasted now 94years, and many have become the oundational orces o both twentieth and twenty-rstcentury literature.Tragically, Horace Liveright died in 1933. The quality o the rm’s copyrights wassuch that the rm survived until 1974, when it was acquired by W. W. Norton & Company.Future o LiverightThe new Liveright will continue to emphasize high standards and will refect theliterary sensibilities o Robert Weil, who plans to begin publishing approximately twenty books per year. The majority o the list will be comprised o serious non-ction, with biography, history, and current events the dominant categories. Many o the writers willemerge rom academia.In ction, literary quality and style, some o it experimental and edgy in keepingwith a long Liveright tradition, will be paramount. The ction o Liveright will eatureAmerican novelists whose themes uphold a distinct twentieth-century American tradition,along with the nest o European and world-class writers, many o whose backlists need to be re-presented or a new generation.Classic works in translation will be sought as will occasional graphic ction and nonction. Literary series may be developed in keeping with the distinguished Annotated series currently edited by Mr. Weil.Liveright plans to launch its rst list in the spring o 2012.About Robert WeilRobert Weil joined Norton in 1998 as executive editor and vice-president o theTrade Dept. He was named to the rm’s board o directors in 2004. During his thirteenyears at Norton, he has edited prize-winning and bestselling works o nonction, ction,graphic literature, and literature in translation. Notable books that he has acquired and edited include Annette Gordon Reed’s The Hemingses o Monticello, winner o sixteen prizes including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Edward O. Wilson and BertHölldobler’s The Superorganism as well as E. O. Wilson’s rst novel, Anthill, winner o 
TheChicago Tribune
s Heartland Prize or Fiction; Linda Gordon’s Dorothea Lange, winner o The Bancrot Award and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Anthony Appiah’s The Honor 

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