Liveright Publishing

Liveright Publishing A home for outstanding works of literature that define and redefine our culture.
In its modern incarnation Liveright will be a home for outstanding works that define and redefine our culture, just as do the works published by Horace Liveright so many years ago continue; works that continue to provoke interest and inspire readers around the world.

Liveright Publishing Corporation grew out of the storied Boni & Liveright press, one of the most important publishers of the early twentieth century. Under the editorial guidance of Horace Liveright the firm captured the flowering literature of the 1920s and 1930s, publishing some of the most celebrated American writers of the period, including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Anita Loos, and Theodore Dreiser. Alongside these great authors were poets of equal prominence, such as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, E.E. Cummings, Hart Crane, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and Robinson Jeffers, as well as founding members of the Harlem Renaissance and European intellectuals such as Sigmund Freud and Bertrand Russell. In choosing titles for publication, Horace Liveright sought out writers whose works, he hoped, would stand the test of time. As a result, a disproportionately high number of writers that the house signed up became foundational forces of modern literature and culture.

Mission: Though no original titles had been published bearing the distinctive cowled monk colophon of Liveright for many years, in 2012 W.W. Norton & Company re-launched the storied imprint, producing an inaugural catalog of publications sure to once again secure Liveright as a pre-eminent publisher of the finest literature. Maintaining its historical high standards and progressive literary sensibilities in both fiction and nonfiction, the revived Liveright imprint releases have included a trenchant political commentary by Gail Collins (As Texas Goes…), a magisterial and provocative new work by biologist Edward O. Wilson (The Social Conquest of Earth), the long-awaited George Orwell Diaries, and republications of out-of-print classics by J.G. Ballard, such as The Drowned World and Millennium People. In addition, Liveright Publishing of the twenty-first century will continue to print classics from the twentieth century catalog, including works by Faulkner, Stein, Cummings, Crane, Loos, Freud, Russell, and many more.

We are thrilled to share that @ndennis_benn's PATSY has been named one of the Best Books of the Year So Far by @AppleBoo...
06/24/2019

We are thrilled to share that @ndennis_benn's PATSY has been named one of the Best Books of the Year So Far by @AppleBooks! Read more using the link in our bio! #AppleBooks #BestBooks

Appiah, Kwame Anthony's "The Lies That Bind" "suggests that we strive to embrace a broader view of ourselves", and Richa...
06/21/2019
Code Switch Book Club, Summer 2019

Appiah, Kwame Anthony's "The Lies That Bind" "suggests that we strive to embrace a broader view of ourselves", and Richard Rothstein's "The Color of Law" teaches "that stuff I thought was individual prejudice was actually law", in this summer's edition of NPR's Code Switch Book Club:

For this summer reading list, our listeners suggested a lot of great history, compelling fiction, a few memoirs—and Jane Austen, re-imagined with brown people!

"I never knew what turn the story would take next, how the past would reassert itself, what alliances and rifts would fo...
06/21/2019
‘Patsy’ Upends the Stereotypes of Immigrant and Gay Fiction

"I never knew what turn the story would take next, how the past would reassert itself, what alliances and rifts would form, where love would fail and where it would unexpectedly appear. Again and again, 'Patsy' surprises and illuminates." The New York Times Books on Nicole Dennis-Benn - Author's new novel:

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s second novel “Patsy” follows a Jamaican woman as she begins a new life in Brooklyn, leaving her child behind.

"Menasse spent four years in Brussels examining the absurdities and contradictions of the EU.... [His new novel "The Cap...
06/20/2019
Robert Menasse Looks At The People Who Make the European Union Run In 'The Capital'

"Menasse spent four years in Brussels examining the absurdities and contradictions of the EU.... [His new novel "The Capital"] includes murder, romance, tragedy and plenty of absurdity, with hints of VEEP or The Office." (NPR All Things Considered)

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Austrian novelist Robert Menasse about his new book, an absurdist comic tragedy called The Capital, for which he embedded with European Union civil servants in Brussels.

#NYC: Join us Tuesday, June 25th at The Center for Fiction for a conversation on learning new languages, with Ann Goldst...
06/20/2019
The Center for Fiction

#NYC: Join us Tuesday, June 25th at The Center for Fiction for a conversation on learning new languages, with Ann Goldstein (translator of Ferrante's Neapolitan novels and our own "Arturo's Island") and Mary Norris, author of W. W. Norton & Company's superbly adventurous new memoir "Greek to Me":

“The book is brimful with insight and with beauty. By turns devastating and otherworldly, Morante's novel is a classic, and Goldstein's new translation should return to it the attention it deserves.”

“It was important for me to write sexuality into the book… I’m tired of the 'black woman as matriarch' or the 'mother as...
06/20/2019
The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Nicole Dennis-Benn

“It was important for me to write sexuality into the book… I’m tired of the 'black woman as matriarch' or the 'mother as holy-than-thou.' I wanted to give these women in my stories passion, desire, sensuality. They’re humans, not temples.”

Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses her second novel, PATSY.

Sundays are for catching up on good books, enjoyed in good company. (📷: @sarmamelngailis)
06/10/2019

Sundays are for catching up on good books, enjoyed in good company. (📷: @sarmamelngailis)

PATSY by Nicole Dennis-Benn has been named one of Apple Books' #BestBooksOfJune! “Dennis-Benn treats her complicated her...
06/05/2019

PATSY by Nicole Dennis-Benn has been named one of Apple Books' #BestBooksOfJune! “Dennis-Benn treats her complicated heroine with compassion while also holding her accountable. In the process, she explores compelling ideas about parenthood, freedom, and the ripple effects of trauma.” Get it now using the link in our bio!

In stores tomorrow: PATSY – the new novel of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love fro...
06/03/2019

In stores tomorrow: PATSY – the new novel of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist @ndennisbenn! “Patsy”, writes @washingtonpost’s Ilana Masad, “methodically and unapologetically engages with choices women do and should be allowed to make, and as with her last novel, ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ does so with nuance and grace.” @amazonbooks this week named it one of June’s best books in the category of Literature & Fiction, David Canfield of @ew calls it a “must-read”, and @nytbooks calls it one of “12 New Books to Watch For in June”. Read @nytimes’ terrific profile of Nicole using the link in our bio, and find PATSY at your favorite bookstore tomorrow! @ Manhattan, New York

Discussing her new novel "Patsy" with Concepción de León for The New York Times Books, author Nicole Dennis-Benn notes, ...
05/30/2019

Discussing her new novel "Patsy" with Concepción de León for The New York Times Books, author Nicole Dennis-Benn notes, "Growing up, I never read characters who looked like me, who sounded like me.... I want to tap into those things but actually use protagonists who look like me — queer, black, working-class Jamaicans." "Patsy" is a story of "outsiders, looking in": mother Patsy - fleeing her native Jamaica to start a new life in Brooklyn - and Tru, the daughter she leaves behind, who grows to grapple with her own identity and sexuality. "As I started writing this immigrant story," says Dennis-Benn of her protagonist, "I realized that this woman is not here to give back to her family. She’s here to be a new person." It is a moving tale richly told, giving overdue voice to multiple generations: "I’m telling the stories of my mother, my grandmother, the women around me and a society that was colonized," adds Dennis-Benn, "where we were taught to hate ourselves and the sound of our own voices." (📷 Credit: Frances F. Denny for The New York Times)

Nicole Dennis-Benn #Patsy arrives in stores next Tuesday, June 4th! Click the link in our bio to learn more about one of...
05/29/2019

Nicole Dennis-Benn #Patsy arrives in stores next Tuesday, June 4th! Click the link in our bio to learn more about one of the year’s most anticipated books!

Happy #BookBirthday to Jill Lepore's THIS AMERICA: THE CASE FOR THE NATION! From the acclaimed New Yorker writer and aut...
05/28/2019

Happy #BookBirthday to Jill Lepore's THIS AMERICA: THE CASE FOR THE NATION! From the acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of “These Truths: A History of the United States” comes this urgent manifesto on the dilemma of nationalism, and the erosion of liberalism in the twenty-first century. For a sense of what this remarkable work of history has to offer, read Jill's new essay for The New York Times Opinion Section, "Don’t Let Nationalists Speak for the Nation", available using the link in our bio. In Michael Lind’s review for @nytimesbooks, he calls THIS AMERICA "Ambitious.... a thoughtful and passionate defense of her vision of American patriotism,” noting that “[Lepore] dedicates her book to her father, 'whose immigrant parents named him Amerigo in 1924, the year Congress passed a law banning immigrants like them.” From a writer who Henry Louis Gates, Jr. calls “one of the truly great historians of our time” comes this vital look at our country’s legacies and ideals, available today everywhere that great books are sold.

In stores June 4th: #PATSY, the new novel from @ndennis_benn! "A Spark of Light" author @jodipicoult calls it a "timely ...
05/24/2019

In stores June 4th: #PATSY, the new novel from @ndennis_benn! "A Spark of Light" author @jodipicoult calls it a "timely story of an undocumented immigrant straddling two worlds while learning that love isn’t a choice, but the beat in one’s blood." Use the link in our bio to learn more about the book that's been named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the Summer by @entertainmentweekly, @washingtonpost, @buzzfeedbooks, @vulture, @oprahmagazine, @vanityfair @elleusa, @real_simple, and many more fine publications. Stay tuned here for more celebration of this momentous work from one of today’s most exciting young writers! @ New York, New York

Happy #BookBirthday to Mary Miller’s hilarious, moving, endearing new novel BILOXI, available today wherever great books...
05/21/2019

Happy #BookBirthday to Mary Miller’s hilarious, moving, endearing new novel BILOXI, available today wherever great books are sold! Building on her critically acclaimed novel “The Last Days of California” and her biting collection “Always Happy Hour”, Miller transports readers to this delightfully wry, unapologetic corner of the south―Biloxi, Mississippi, home to sixty-three-year-old Louis McDonald, Jr. On a trip to Walgreens to pick up his diabetes medication, he stops at a sign advertising free dogs and selects an overweight mixed breed named Layla. Louis, more than anyone, is dumbfounded to find himself in love―bursting into song with improvised jingles, exploring new locales, and reevaluating what he once considered the fixed horizons of his life. With her “sociologist’s eye for the mundane and revealing” (Joyce Carol Oates), Miller delivers a heartwarming tale of loneliness, masculinity, and the limitations of each, confirming her position as one of our most gifted and perceptive writers.

🐶 “Miller's deliciously engaging, gently quirky, surprisingly hopeful novel seals her spot in the pantheon of Southern fiction writers.” - Kirkus Reviews [starred]

🦴 “Delightful.... Miller, an absolute master of minutiae, relates Louis’ innermost self with poignancy and humor.” - Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)

🐕 “Excellent.... A witty, insightful exploration of masculinity and self-worth... a charming and terrific novel.” - Publishers Weekly

Follow @mayumille for updates on BILOXI, and Liveright Publishing for more great reading. Credit and thanks to @lemuriabooks in Jackson, Mississippi for the fantastic photo. Meet Mary at Lemuria tonight at 5PM for a reading and signing of BILOXI!

Coming June 4th: A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of lo...
05/13/2019

Coming June 4th: A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn.

When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother―or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.

Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession, "Patsy" gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first―not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision.

Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.

As with her masterful debut, "Here Comes the Sun", Nicole Dennis-Benn once again charts the geography of a hidden world―that of a paradise lost, swirling with the echoes of lilting patois, in which one woman fights to discover her sense of self in a world that tries to define her. Passionate, moving, and fiercely urgent, "Patsy" is a prismatic depiction of immigration and womanhood, and the lasting threads of love stretching across years and oceans.

“Buttigieg's Joyceolatry comes across as the best informed and the most authentic.”
04/23/2019
The Politicians Who Love “Ulysses”

“Buttigieg's Joyceolatry comes across as the best informed and the most authentic.”

Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke have gone out of their way to embrace James Joyce; Joe Biden has been name-dropping and crypto-quoting him for years.

Among Pulitzer Prizes Finalists, The New York Times Books praises "threads of history — political, medical and scientifi...
04/17/2019
What Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Books Should You Read First?

Among Pulitzer Prizes Finalists, The New York Times Books praises "threads of history — political, medical and scientific" of "an up-and-coming New York City" in Victoria Johnson's AMERICAN EDEN, and Max Boot's “judicious and absorbing” Vietnam bio THE ROAD NOT TAKEN:

Here are reviews of the 15 winners and finalists for the awards.

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04/12/2019

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Happy #BookBirthday to @xiankiefer’s riveting new novel PHANTOMS! “Phantoms’ sings from its surreal beginning to its stu...
04/09/2019

Happy #BookBirthday to @xiankiefer’s riveting new novel PHANTOMS! “Phantoms’ sings from its surreal beginning to its stunning end,” writes National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward: “This is a beautiful, relevant read." Named one of @themillions’ Most Anticipated Books of 2019, it’s the panoramic tale of John, a Vietnam vet suddenly wrapped up in a decades-long clash between matriarchs - his aunt and her neighbor Kimiko. That feud, John will learn, stems from fateful decisions that led to Kimiko’s family being sent to an internment camp in the throes of World War II. Mysteries of what then happened to Kimiko’s son interweave with the ghosts of John’s own past as a soldier. The result is a powerful story of how we reckon with America’s past, and find community in the wake of war’s psychic wounds. Find it today everywhere that great books are sold, and by using the link in our bio! (Photo: Nick Petrulakis • @DrinksWithNick)

Looking for the book that will bring you that #FridayFeeling? Enter now using the link in our for your chance to win a c...
03/29/2019

Looking for the book that will bring you that #FridayFeeling? Enter now using the link in our for your chance to win a copy of @PeteButtigieg's new memoir "Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future"!

This week, naturalist Edward O. Wilson published GENESIS: THE DEEP ORIGIN OF SOCIETIES, his thirty-first book in his six...
03/28/2019

This week, naturalist Edward O. Wilson published GENESIS: THE DEEP ORIGIN OF SOCIETIES, his thirty-first book in his sixty-year career. His work is legendary in the fields of environmentalism, sociobiology, biodiversity, and Humanism, to say nothing of being considered the world’s top expert on ants and their communities. GENESIS is trademark Wilson: elegant writing on how human life on Earth began, at once accessible to curious new readers while offering novel, singular insights that expand the evolutionary lexicon. Click the link in our bio to read this week’s “By the Book” Q&A with Wilson for @nytimesbooks, in which we see 89-year old Wilson as an ever-curious and voracious reader (“All the time, spasmodically, piecemeal, whenever I enter my library.”, particularly in celebrating his “favorite book no one else has heard of”, “a new guide called ‘Lizards and Snakes of Alabama,’ by Craig Guyer, Mark A. Bailey and Robert H. Mount, which speaks to my boyhood passion and is a source of good memories page by page.”

“No other writer was ever so patient, funny and astute about human frailty.... [translators] Kuhn and Constantine speak ...
03/14/2019
LRB · Michael Wood · Angry or Evil?: Brecht’s Poems

“No other writer was ever so patient, funny and astute about human frailty.... [translators] Kuhn and Constantine speak eloquently of the ways in which Brecht’s poems ‘are never just the servant of his politics." Michael Wood on all 1,286 pages of "The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht" (London Review of Books):

Your spectator is sitting not only In your theatre, but also In the world. ‘I live in dark times,’ Brecht said, but he liked to believe the darkness would end. In the poem containing those words, written in the 1930s, he apologises to ‘those born after’, saying that Hatred, even of . . .

At #WITHPod, Chris Hayes prefaces a chat with Appiah, Kwame Anthony by dubbing Anthony “one of the most brilliant philos...
03/12/2019
Rethinking Identity with Kwame Anthony Appiah

At #WITHPod, Chris Hayes prefaces a chat with Appiah, Kwame Anthony by dubbing Anthony “one of the most brilliant philosophers in the English-speaking world.... an intellectual hero of mine." So begins a fantastic conversation on "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity":

There’s a reason we keep revisiting identity on WITHpod. From Brittney Cooper to Alex Wagner to Michael Tesler to Amy Chua and on, it’s a topic worth circling back to because it’s one of the most fundamental axes of conflict in our society today. Identities themselves are as old as we as a spe...

03/01/2019
Pete Buttigieg full interview | Pod Save America

Pete Buttigieg's memoir "Shortest Way Home" is available now wherever books are sold! mayorpetebook.com

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Dan in the studio for a conversation about his presidential campaign, how Democrats can win the Midwest and what he's b...

We're honored to share that Victoria Johnson's "American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the E...
02/20/2019
L.A. Times Book Prize finalists include Michelle Obama and Susan Orlean; Terry Tempest Williams receives lifetime achievement award

We're honored to share that Victoria Johnson's "American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic" is a Los Angeles Times Books Prize Finalist for Biography! Congrats to all the superb nominees! Learn more about "American Eden" and the incredible life of David Hosack: http://americaneden.org

The Los Angeles Times today announced the finalists and honorees of the 39th Book Prizes. Terry Tempest Williams will receive the Robert Kirsch Award, Library of America will be honored with the Innovator’s Award and Kiese Laymon will be presented the Christopher Isherwood Prize.

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