Exhibition opening: "Strange Victories: Grove Press 1951-1985"
The Grove Press was one of the twentieth century's great avant-garde publishing houses, and is credited for introducing cutting-edge European authors to American readers during the postwar period. Its history is highly relevant to any discussion of dissent in American culture—whether literary, sexual, racial, moral, political, or aesthetic. From Grove's role at the center of national censorship trials over the content of the books it was publishing (which included the first American editions of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tropic of Cancer and its politically radical works like Red Star over China, The Great Rebel: Che Guevara in Bolivia, and The Autobiography of Malcom X), Grove Press forever altered the American literary landscape and its relationship to social mores, equality, and freedom of expression. Until now, the Grove Press archive has remained largely hidden from scholarly view. This exhibition reveals the tremendous wealth of this newly available collection, and, moreover, the collection will immediately come alive through a series of public programs organized in conjunction with students and faculty across the humanities.
The opening of the "Strange Victories: Grove Press 1951-1985" exhibition will immediately follow the conclusion of the panel discussion.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.