John Oakes is the co-founder and co-publisher of OR Books. He got his start in publishing in 1987 as an assistant editor at Barney Rosset’s Grove Press.
Dale Peck is the author of twelve books, including the novels Martin and John and Greenville, the essay collection Hatchet Jobs, and the memoir Visions and Revisions.
Calvin Baker's most recent novel, Grace, was published in 2015. A technology entrepreneur, Baker is co-founder of the digital content platform ScrollMotion.
Zia Jaffrey is the author of The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India. She is currently writing a book about Arab-Americans.
In 1957, Barney Rosset, Fred Jordan and a few others launched The Evergreen Review with work by Samuel Beckett, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mark Schorer, and James Purdy. For the next sixteen years, Evergreen published writing that launched an assault on American propriety: literary, sexual, and social. Evergreen’s genius lay in its ability to mix radical American voices from the literary and social fringes—Burroughs, Ginsberg, Susan Sontag, LeRoi Jones, Henry Miller—with a global cast of writers, many of whom were introduced to American readers by the magazine: Beckett, Genet, Grass, Ōe, Duras, Paz, Walcott, Nabokov. The magazine was often shocking, always intriguing. It featured some of the finest writing available, by writers whose influence continues to shape contemporary literature. Here are a few such selections:
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