Farrar, Straus and Giroux
|Parent company||Macmillan Publishers|
John C. Farrar|
Roger W. Straus, Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York, New York|
|Key people||Jonathan Galassi|
|Imprints||Hill & Wang, North Point, Sarah Crichton|
|Official website||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) is an American book publishing company, founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, Jr. and John C. Farrar. FSG is known for publishing literary books and has won numerous awards including Pulitzer prizes, National Book awards, and Nobel Peace prizes. The publisher is currently a division of MacMillan whose parent company is the German publishing conglomerate Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux was founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, Jr. and John C. Farrar. The first years of existence were rough until they published the diet book, Look Younger, Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser in 1950. The book went on to sell 500,000 copies and Straus said that the book carried them along for awhile. In the early years, Straus and his wife Dorthea, went prospecting for books in Italy. It was there that they found the memoir Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi and other rising Italian authors Alberto Moravia, Giovanni Guareschi and Cesare Pavese. Farrar, Straus also poached or lured away authors from other publishers—one was Edmund Wilson who was unhappy with Random House at the time but remained with Farrar, Straus for the remainder of his career.
Robert Giroux joined the company in 1955 and after he later became a partner, the name was changed to Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Giroux had been working for Harcourt and had been angered when Harcourt refused to allow him to publish Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Giroux brought many literary authors with him including Thomas Merton, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Flannery O'Connor, Jack Kerouac, Peter Taylor, Randall Jarrell, T.S. Eliot, and Bernard Malamud. Alan Williams described Giroux's 'Pied Piper sweep' as "almost certainly the greatest number of authors to follow, on their own iniative, a single editor from house to house in the history of modern publishing." In 1964, Straus named Giroux chairman of the board and officially added Giroux's name to the publishing company.
Straus continued to run the company for twenty years after his partner Farrar died, until 1993 when he sold a majority interest of the company to the privately owned German publishing conglomerate Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Straus offered FSG to the Holtzbrinck family because of their reputation for publishing serious works of literature.
Jonathan Galassi is president and publisher. Andrew Mandel joined in 2004 as deputy publisher. Eric Chinski is editor-in-chief. In 2008, Mitzi Angel came from Fourth Estate in the UK to be publisher of the Faber and Faber Inc. imprint. Other notable editors include Sean McDonald, Ileene Smith, Alex Star, Amanda Moon, and Sarah Crichton (eponymous publisher of her own imprint).
In February 2015 FSG and Faber and Faber announced the end of their partnership. All books scheduled for release and previously released under the imprint will be moved to the FSG colophon by August 2016.
- Bernard Malamud
- Carlo Levi
- Edmund Wilson
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
- Jack Kerouac
- John Berryman
- Jonathan Franzen
- Joseph Brodsky
- Flannery O'Connor
- Peter Taylor
- Randall Jarrell
- Robert Lowell
- Scott Turow
- T.S. Eliot
- Thomas Merton
- Tom Wolfe
Notable editors and publishers
- Faber and Faber Inc. publishes a backlist of drama and books on the arts, entertainment, music, pop culture, cultural criticism, and the media. Its authors include David Auburn, Margaret Edson, Doug Wright, Richard Greenberg, Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Neil LaBute, Peter Conrad, Martin Eisenstadt and Courtney Love.
- Hill and Wang publishes books of academic interest and specializes in history. Its authors include Roland Barthes, William Cronon, Langston Hughes, and Elie Wiesel.
- Sarah Crichton Books publishes books with a slightly commercial bent. The imprint launched with Cathleen Falsani's The God Factor in 2006. Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was a bestseller and a Starbucks featured book in 2007.
- North Point Press published literary nonfiction with an emphasis on natural history, travel, ecology, music, food, and cultural criticism. Its authors include Peter Matthiessen, Beryl Markham, Guy Davenport, A. J. Liebling, Margaret Visser, Wendell Berry, and M. F. K. Fisher.
- Scientific American / FSG, led by Amanda Moon, publishes non-fiction popular science books for the general reader. Its authors include Jesse Bering, Daniel Chamovitz, Kevin Dutton, and Caleb Scharf.
Books for Young Readers
FSG Books for Young Readers publishes National Book Award winners Madeleine L'Engle (1980), William Steig (1983), Louis Sachar (1998), and Polly Horvath (2003). Books for Young Readers also publishes Natalie Babbitt, Roald Dahl, Jack Gantos, George Selden, Uri Shulevitz, and Peter Sis.
Winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize
Winners of the National Book Award
Other authors published by FSG
- Silverman, Al (2008). The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors, and Authors. Truman Talley. ISBN 978-0312-35003-1.
- Macmillan. "About Macmillan". us.macmillan.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
- Farrington, Joshua. "Faber ends FSG partnership". The Bookseller. The Bookseller. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
- "Questia, Your Online Research Library". Accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
- Editors, The. "Scientific American Books - Scientific American". Books.scientificamerican.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
- Norman Angell, After All: The Autobiography of Norman Angell (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1951; rpt. Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952).
- Elie Wiesel, Night (Hill & Wang, 1958; rpt. 2006).
- Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Boris Kachka. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013, ISBN 978-1451691894
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- Farrar, Straus and Giroux on Twitter
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
- Work in Progress, an Online Magazine by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux Collection of Isaac Bashevis Singer Papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
- Farrar, Straus & Geroux, Inc. Records, 1899–2003 Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library.