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James Laughlin (1975)

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.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


An unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas, and featuring Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others.