Authors on Stage with Jeannette Seaver

Category: Authors

This program is canceled and will be rescheduled. New Canaan Library is pleased to announce that Jeannette Seaver, wife of the late, legendary publishing figure Richard Seaver, will appear at the Library on Sunday, June 10th at 4 p.m. Ms. Seaver is the editor of her husband’s engrossing memoir The Tender Hour of Twilight: Paris in the '50s, New York in the '60s: A Memoir of Publishing's Golden Age. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery.

The Tender Hour of Twilight is a mesmerizing read, taking us back to the glamour and excitement of publishing’s golden age. When Richard Seaver arrived in Paris in 1950, he was seeking the Paris of Hemingway’s Movable Feast. What he found instead in post-war Paris was fertile ground for new, unconventional literary talent and intimate connections that fostered literary greatness. 

A talented writer himself, Seaver’s groundbreaking career included the discovery of and friendship with such literary giants as Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, and Orson Welles. From Paris he moved to New York, where he continued his tradition of groundbreaking work and teaming up with another publishing great, Barney Rosset, of Grove Press. Together they challenged and broke down censorship laws to introduce American readers to unconventional modern literature, such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Story of O, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and writers Henry Miller and William S. Burroughs, among many others.

Richard Seaver was an editor, publisher, and translator who became legendary for championing unconventional writers in the face of censorship and cultural prudishness. He was the editor in chief of Grove Press in the 1960s, started his own imprint at Viking in 1971, and served as publisher of Holt, Rinehart & Winston until he founded Arcade Publishing in 1988, which he ran with his wife, Jeannette, until his death in 2009.

Read the review of the book in The New York Times.