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New York Review of Books Fills a Niche By Reviving Forgotten Works


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New York Review of Books Fills a Niche By Reviving Forgotten Works - by Larry Rohter/ Books/ International New York Times/ The New York Times/ nytimes.com

"In 1882, the writer Anton Chekhov, just 22 and beginning his literary career, submitted a dozen short stories to Czar Alexander III’s censors, who discerned a subversive intent and promptly forbade publication of the collection, called “The Prank.” The satirical tales then languished in official archives for more than 130 years — until last week, when they were finally published, in English, by New York Review Books.

Publication of an overlooked work by a master like Chekhov would obviously be a coup for any publishing house, large or small. But New York Review Books, the publishing offshoot of the literary magazine The New York Review of Books, has made a specialty of rescuing and reviving all kinds of ignored or forgotten works in English or in translation, fiction and nonfiction, by writers renowned and obscure..."


A “resolutely eclectic” list: Edwin Frank, editorial director of New York Review Books, at its offices in the West Village. Credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times