Sunday, February 26, 2012
Richard Seaver's "The Tender Hour of Twilight"
Seaver's book is in two parts. His life as an magazine/literary editor and his first sighting of Samuel Beckett as well as with the wild man of alt-lit Alex Trocchi - his partner in crime at the time. Its a very heady and beautiful portrait of Paris in the late 1950's and it has that romantic tinge that makes one want to re-live or re-imagine his life in the Left Bank.
The second part deals with his life at Grove Press - the revolutionary and super cool publishing house controlled by the late great Barney Rosset. Here we have the relationship between the two guys plus people like Maurice Girodias, who is a great character in life and literature. For those who consider themselves book nerds or anyone who is interested in the cultural history of publishing - Seaver's book is extremely important. This is what one may call a keeper.