New Directions, signed by founder James Laughlin, in November, 1949. It's unusual in that Wendell wasn't trying to get published by New Directions. He wanted a job! Not only did Laughlin not have a job for him, he tried to get my father to shill for New Directions.
Well, New Directions may have needed help at the time but certainly didn't go under. They were publishing writers like Ezra Pound, Henry Miller, Anias Nin, Robert Lowry, Djuna Barnes, Wright Morris, William Carlos Williams, and Gertrude Stein. They've continued publishing experimental and advance guard (Laughlin's italics) authors such as Roberto Bolaño, César Aira, Javier Marías, Paul Auster, Patti Smith, László Krasznahorkai, and Jenny Erpenbeck among many others.
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