Farrar, Straus founder dies

“Roger W. Straus Jr., a Guggenheim heir who co-founded one of the great publishing houses of the 20th century, has died. He was 87.”

From the obituary:

Straus believed it necessary to be “an international publisher, at ease in the world of letters,” and he had great success attracting authors from around the world. In 1971, for instance, he acquired American rights to Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s classic novel “August 1914.”

Contrast that with this NY Times piece from July 2003, which I discussed here, about the trend among publishers to shy away from translated fiction because they claim there’s no market for it among American readers.

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