James Laughlin (1975)

James Laughlin.
James Laughlin.

James Laughlin founded New Directions in 1936 with anthologies of new poetry, prose and plays that later gave birth to one of America's finest independent publishers for new and experimental writing. His "stable" included Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Tennessee Williams, Franz Kafka, Christopher Isherwood, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and, at one point, F.Scott Fitzgerald and Franz Kafka. Hear the man tell the story of New Directions in his own words, in this historic 1975 conversation with Susan Howe and Charles Ruas.

Originally aired 10/12/04
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