The following timeline traces the house's amazing publishing record and the course
of its anti-censorship battles.
1951: Barney Rosset publishes three neglected masterworks: The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville, The Verse in English of Richard Crashaw
by Richard Crashaw and Selected Writings
of the Ingenious Mrs. Aphra Behn by Aphra Behn.
1954: Waiting for
Godot by Samuel Beckett is published.
1957: First issue of Evergreen
Review, Grove's literary magazine, is published.
by Jack Kerouac is published.
1959: Grove publishes Lady
Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, which is promptly deemed obscene by
the federal government. Grove challenges the decision and wins on the grounds
that the book's literary merit justifies publication.
Barney Rosset publishes the 30-page ruling against U.S.
Postal Service and in favor of Grove Press in Evergreen Review No. 9
1960: The Zoo Story
by Edward Albee is published in the Evergreen
1961: Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller is published, but publication is stopped due to obscenity
1962: Ficciones by
Jorge Luis Borges is published.
1962: Naked Lunch
by William S. Burroughs is published and challenged on grounds of obscenity.
No. 32 launches as a glossy, visually oriented magazine. Detectives from Nassau
County's Vice Squad raid the printing plant on Long Island and carry off 21,000
unbound copies of the issue.
1963: City of Night
by John Rechy is published.
1964: The Thief's
Journal by Jean Genet is published.
Last Exit to Brooklyn
by Hubert Selby, Jr. is published.
The U.S. Supreme Court allows the unobstructed publication
of Tropic of Cancer.
1965: Four Novels
by Marguerite Duras is published.
The Supreme Court of Massachusetts rules that Naked Lunch is not obscene, echoing a
1965 ruling in California, the site of the only other action against the book.
1967: Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard is published.
1968: Bolivian Diaries
by Che Guevara is published.
The Wretched of the
Earth by Frantz Fanon is published.
1969: Samuel Beckett receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
A Personal Matter
by Kenzaburo Oe is published.
1971: Pablo Neruda receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1974: Five Decades
by Pablo Neruda is published.
1975: Barney Rosset writes letter for financial help to the New York Times.
1977: American Buffalo
by David Mamet is published.
Fifties, Early Sixties by Allen Ginsberg is published.
1981: John Kennedy Toole wins Pulitzer Prize for A Confederacy of Dunces.
1984: Blood and Guts
in High School by Kathy Acker is published.
by David Rabe is published.
1987: Penelope Lively wins the Booker Prize for Moon Tiger.
Oranges Are Not the
Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson is published.
1988: Bharati Mukherjee receives the National Book Critics
Circle Award for The Middleman and Other
1989: Camilo José Cela receives the Nobel Prize in
1990: Octavio Paz receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Ron Chernow receives the National Book Award for The House of Morgan.
1992: Francisco Goldman is a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner
Award for The Long Night of White Chickens.
1993: Grove Press merges with Atlantic Monthly Press to form
Kitchen by Banana
Yoshimoto is published.
1994: Kenzaburo Oe receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1995: The Painted Bird
by Jerzy Kosinski is reissued in a Grove paperback.
1996: The Magic
Christian by Terry Southern is reissued in a Grove edition.
Sex and the City
by Candace Bushnell is published.
1997: Dario Fo receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Great Apes by Will
Self is published.
Che Guevara by Jon
Lee Anderson is published.
Charles Frazier receives the National Book Award for Cold Mountain.
Valley of the Dolls
by Jacqueline Susann is reissued.
1998: Sarah Lindsay is a National Book Award finalist for Primate Behavior.
1999: Mark Bowden is a National Book Award finalist for Black Hawk Down.
2003: Richard Flanagan receives the Commonwealth Prize for Gould's Book of Fish.
Charlie Wilson's War
by George Crile is published.
2004: Elfriede Jelinek receives the Nobel Prize in
Black Cat imprint revived.
2005: Harold Pinter receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
2006: Kiran Desai wins the Man Booker Prize for The Inheritance of Loss.
2007: Anne Enright wins the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering.
Man Gone Down by
Michael Thomas is published.
2008: Kay Ryan appointed the Library of Congress's 16th Poet
Laureate Consultant in Poetry.
2009: Michael Thomas received the International Dublin/IMPAC
Literary Award for Man Gone Down.
Steve Hely receives the Thurber Prize for American Humor for
How I Became a Famous Novelist.
2010: Sherman Alexie wins the PEN/Faulkner Award for War Dances.