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A CALL TO ACTION TO READERS OF
THE EVERGREEN REVIEW

 
 

“The writers in Evergreen are all the only speakers of their language. What happens when you gather independent thinkers and give a home to the wayward is that you produce joy. You produce a template for freedom and the comforts of unease.” — Laurie Stone


 

Started by the famed publisher Barney Rosset, who saw Evergreen as a way to promote the authors of Grove Press, the magazine became something much more--the heart of the Beat Generation.

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.

 
 

“From 1957 to 1973, The Evergreen Review landed every other month in mailboxes like a bomb, busting long-held ideas about literature, decency, and taste. It was a magazine that allowed many Americans to discover for the first time work by the likes of Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, William S. Burroughs, Jean-Paul Sartre, and other figures of the post World War II literary avant-garde. . . . At a time when college kids prefer Snapchat to short stories, and 'anything goes' has been going on for seemingly forever, the legendary magazine is being relaunched this week.”

—David Freedlander, The Daily Beast, March 1, 2017


 
 

After a hiatus of many years, Evergreen was re-launched on-line in 1998, and then again in 2017. Now under the leadership of publisher John Oakes and editor-in-chief Dale Peck, the new Evergreen builds on Rosset's legacy of searching out the stories that aren't being told or aren't being heard: stories that challenge our sensibilities and expand our understanding of the way people actually live in the world, and the way their truths can be expressed. Available free of charge in an online-only format, the magazine features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from an international array of new and established writers. Additionally, new editions of Foxrock Books, the book publishing arm of The Evergreen Review, are being released on a periodic basis; the first two titles available in the series are Samuel Beckett's Stirrings Still and Marguerite Duras' The Man Sitting in the Corridor.

We're free to anyone who drops by the site, and we don't have a paywall. We do pay our authors, artists and designers, we're committed to a progressive outlook in politics and the arts--and to continue, we need your help. Please consider making a donation!

Dale Peck, editor-in-chief
John Oakes, publisher


 

The Evergreen Review gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Humanities New York, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the Jan Michalski Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.