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Via The New York Times (thanks Steve):


Richard Seaver, an editor, translator and publisher who defied censorship, societal prudishness and conventional literary standards to bring works by rabble-rousing authors like Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, William Burroughs and the Marquis de Sade to American readers, died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. (More.)

Readers Comments

  1. Richard Cummings Monday 12 January 2009

    I knew Richard Seaver quite well. He was fanstastic. He was so modest and low key you would never know how accomplished he was. I take issue with the Times obit calling Beckett a rabble-rousing author. That's like calling Shakespeare a rabbel-rouser. Richard founded Merlin, a wonderful literary magazine in Paris after the war. It introduced Beckett to the English speaking audience. He excelled at Grove Press as well. and died on the tennis court, never having given up the game. They broke the mold.

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