About NYRB


New York Review Books publishes NYRB Classics, NYRB Collections, NYRB Lit, NYRB Poets, and The New York Review Children’s Collection.

NYRB Classics
The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.

Inevitably literature in translation constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, simply because so much great literature has been left untranslated into English, or translated poorly, or deserves to be translated again, much as any outstanding book asks to be read again.

The series started in 1999 with the publication of Richard Hughes’s A High Wind in Jamaica and by the end of 2009, over 260 titles will be in print. NYRB Classics includes new translations of canonical figures such as Euripides, Dante, Balzac, and Chekhov; fiction by modern and contemporary masters such as Vasily Grossman, Mavis Gallant, Daphne du Maurier, Stefan Zweig, and Upamanyu Chatterjee; tales of crime and punishment by George Simenon and Kenneth Fearing; masterpieces of narrative history and literary criticism, poetry, travel writing, biography, cookbooks, and memoirs from such writers as Norman Mailer, Lionel Trilling, and Charles Simic; and unclassifiable classics on the order of J. R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. Last fall we published series’ first graphic novel, Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati, translated into English for the first time. A few of our 2010 publishing highlights are Olivia Manning’s epic work Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy; Jean Stafford’s coming of age novel The Mountain Lion; William Lindsay Gresham’s noir masterpiece, Nightmare Alley; and The Road, the first English language translation of selected writings by Vasily Grossman.

Published in handsome uniform trade paperback editions, almost all NYRB Classics feature an introduction by an outstanding writer, scholar, or critic of our day. Taken as a whole, NYRB Classics may be considered a series of books of unrivaled variety and quality for discerning and adventurous readers.

What the press has said about NYRB Classics…

New York Review Books
The New York Times has called The New York Review of Books “the country’s most successful intellectual journal.” According to the Times, “The secret of its success is this: its editors’ ability to get remarkable writers and thinkers, many of them specialists in their fields, to write lucidly for lay readers on an enormous range of complex, scholarly and newly emerging subjects, issues and ideas.” Now some of the finest writing in science, philosophy, history, politics, the arts, and literature from the Review’s contributors has been brought together in book format. Included are volumes by such distinguished writers as Freeman Dyson, Thomas Powers, Martin Filler, Joseph Kerman, Mark Danner, Gary Wills, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Joan Didion as well as important nonfiction works by such writers as Artemis Cooper, Slavko Goldstein, and Benedetta Craveri.

The New York Review Children’s Collection
The New York Review Children’s Collection began in 2003 in an attempt to reward readers who have long wished for the return of their favorite titles and to introduce those books to a new generation of readers. The line publishes picture books for preschoolers through to chapter books and novels for older children. Praised for their elegant design and sturdy bindings, these books set a new standard for the definition of a “classic.” Among the titles you will find Wee Gillis, a Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of The Story of Ferdinand; Esther Averill’s time-honored Jenny and the Cat Club series; The House of Arden by E. Nesbit, one of J.K. Rowling’s favorite writers; several titles by the award-winning team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, including their Book of Norse Myths and Book of Animals; James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocks and The Wonderful O, both with illustrations by Marc Simont. Not to be missed is the classic animal adventure story Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford, the author of The Incredible Journey; Lucretia Hale’s hilarious The Peterkin Papers; James Cloyd Bowman’s Newbery Honor Book, Pecos Bill; and holiday favorites by John Masefield, The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights.

Praise for The New York Review Children’s Collection…

NYRB Lit
NYRB Lit is a new ebook series devoted to publishing contemporary literary novels and books of narrative non-fiction that have been bypassed by traditional American publishers. The books come from all over the world and many have been published in their home countries to great acclaim. They are available in English to American readers here for the first time. NYRB Lit aims to use the digital platform to bring these books and their authors to the literate, passionate and adventurous audience they deserve.

NYRB Poets
The new NYRB Poets series will continue the eclectic, adventurous spirit of NYRB Classics with a focus on the most vital, various, and universal form of literature: poetry. Featuring the work of poets from around the world, classical and modern, ancient and contemporary, in elegant, pocket-size editions, it will introduce readers to the countless different shapes that poetry can assume, from simplest song to lyrical essay to visual image to scientific treatise, among much else. Poetry explores the boundaries of feeling, knowledge, and expression like no other art. the new NYRB Poets series will offer an unparalleled opportunity for readers to explore its limitless possibilities.