Best New Directions Books

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New Directions Publishing celebrates its 75th year of independent publishing this year, 2011. Started by James Laughlin after Ezra Pound told him to do "something useful," New Directions has diligently and steadily published authors and books that have gone on to become classics. From being the first to publish W. G. Sebald in the United States, to bringing THE GREAT GATSBY back into print when no one else would, New Directions maintains a commitment to supporting international literature and poetry. The last seven decades are full of treasured books from well known authors such as William Carlos Williams, Muriel Spark, Djuna Barnes, Tennessee Williams, and recent favorites and award winners such as Roberto Bolaño, César Aira, Anne Carson, Thalia Field, and newly discovered work from Robert Walser.

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