The legacy of publishing pioneer Barney Rosset

March 1, 2012

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Publisher Barney Rosset turned 'Naked Lunch' and 'Waiting for Godot' into American best-sellers.

When we think of early First Amendment crusaders, the name Barney Rosset probably doesn’t come to mind.  Instead, we’re more inclined to list famous writers like Henry Miller, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. But without Barney Rosset, these names might not be so familiar. 

As founder of the legendary Grove Press, Rosset was the man responsible for ushering these writers and many others into the public sphere, including the likes of Samuel Beckett, Che Guevara, D.H. Lawrence and Malcolm X.  Last week, Rosset died in Manhattan at the age of 89. Jerome and Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik discuss the Chicago native's legacy.