Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) is an American book publishing company, founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, Jr. and John C. Farrar.[2] FSG is known for publishing literary books, and its authors have won numerous awards, including Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and Nobel Peace Prizes. The publisher is currently a division of Macmillan, whose parent company is the German publishing conglomerate Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.[3]

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Parent companyMacmillan Publishers
FounderJohn C. Farrar
Roger W. Straus, Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York, New York
DistributionMacmillan (US)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)[1]
Key peopleJonathan Galassi
ImprintsHill & Wang, North Point, Sarah Crichton, Scientific American, MCD, FSG Originals
Official websiteFarrar, Straus and Giroux


Farrar, Straus, and Company was founded in 1945[4] by Roger W. Straus, Jr. and John C. Farrar.[2][5] The first book was Yank: The G.I. Story of the War, a compilation of articles that appeared in Yank, the Army Weekly, then There Were Two Pirates, a novel by James Branch Cabell The first years of existence were rough until they published the diet book Look Younger, Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser in 1950. The book went on to sell 500,000 copies and Straus said that the book carried them along for awhile.[2] In the early years, Straus and his wife Dorothea, went prospecting for books in Italy. It was there that they found the memoir Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi and other rising Italian authors Alberto Moravia, Giovanni Guareschi and Cesare Pavese.[2] Farrar, Straus also poached or lured away authors from other publishers—one was Edmund Wilson who was unhappy with Random House at the time but remained with Farrar, Straus for the remainder of his career.[2]

In 1950, the name changed to Farrar, Straus & Young (for Stanley Young, a playwright, author (at Farrar & Rinehart,[6]) a literary critic for the New York Times, and an original stockholder and board member)[7][8][9]


In 1953, Pellegrini & Cudahy merged with Farrar, Straus & Young.[10]

Robert Giroux joined the company in 1955 and after he later became a partner, the name was changed to Farrar, Straus and Giroux.[2] Giroux had been working for Harcourt and had been angered when Harcourt refused to allow him to publish Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.[2] Giroux brought many literary authors with him including Thomas Merton, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Flannery O'Connor, Jack Kerouac, Peter Taylor, Randall Jarrell, T.S. Eliot, and Bernard Malamud.[2] Alan Williams described Giroux's 'Pied Piper sweep' as "almost certainly the greatest number of authors to follow, on their own initiative, a single editor from house to house in the history of modern publishing."[2] In 1964, Straus named Giroux chairman of the board and officially added Giroux's name to the publishing company.[2]


Straus continued to run the company for twenty years after his partner Farrar died, until 1993 when he sold a majority interest of the company to the privately owned German publishing conglomerate Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.[2] Straus offered FSG to the Holtzbrinck family because of their reputation for publishing serious works of literature.[2]

Jonathan Galassi is president and publisher.[11] Andrew Mandel joined in 2004 as deputy publisher. Eric Chinski is editor-in-chief. In 2008, Mitzi Angel came from Fourth Estate in the UK to be publisher of the Faber and Faber Inc. imprint. Other notable editors include Sean McDonald, Ileene Smith, Alex Star, Amanda Moon, and Sarah Crichton (eponymous publisher of her own imprint).

In February 2015 FSG and Faber and Faber announced the end of their partnership. All books scheduled for release and previously released under the imprint will be moved to the FSG colophon by August 2016.[12]

Name history

  • Farrar, Straus, and Company (1945-1951)[13]
  • Farrar, Straus and Young (1950-1956)[14][15]
  • Farrar, Straus and Cudahy (1953-1963)[16][17] - acquired L.C. Page & Co. in 1957[18][19][20]
  • Farrar, Straus, and Company (1963-1964)[21] after Cudahy left the firm.[11]
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1964-present)[22]

Current imprints


Books for Young Readers

FSG Books for Young Readers publishes National Book Award winners Madeleine L'Engle (1980), William Steig (1983), Louis Sachar (1998), and Polly Horvath (2003). Books for Young Readers also publishes Natalie Babbitt, Roald Dahl, Jack Gantos, George Selden, Uri Shulevitz, and Peter Sis.


Winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize
Winners of the National Book Award

Notable authors


Jack Kerouac's then-girlfriend Joyce Johnson, started work in 1957, when Sheila Cudahy was a partner at the firm.[32]


  1. ^ "Melia Publishing - List of client publishers". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Silverman, Al (2008). The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors, and Authors. Truman Talley. ISBN 978-0312-35003-1.
  3. ^ Macmillan. "About Macmillan". us.macmillan.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  4. ^ "Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. records". archives.nypl.org. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Young". www.isfdb.org. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ "New England, 1620; MAYFLOWER BOY. By Stanley Young. Illustrated by Edward Shenton. 272 pp. New York: Farrar & Rinehart. $2". nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ Wallace, Tom (12 August 2013). "Farrar, Straus & Giroux: publishing's "perfect storm"". bookbrunch.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Stanley Young". www.williamsamericanart.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ Kachka, Boris (12 August 2014). "Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 16 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "2 BOOK PUBLISHERS MERGE; Pellegrini & Cudahy Unite With Farrar, Straus & Young". nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b "House of Galassi". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  12. ^ Farrington, Joshua. "Faber ends FSG partnership". The Bookseller. The Bookseller. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  13. ^ "History of Farrar, Straus and Giroux Inc". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink n96043234". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  15. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Roger W. Straus Jr., Book Publisher From the Age of the Independents, Dies at 87". nytimes.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink n96043241". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Letterhead, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, Inc., New York, NY, 1958". Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink no2015030156". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink nr96042512". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Anatomy of a Publisher". newyorker.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink n96043257". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Guide to the Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. Records" (PDF). Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  23. ^ "HILL AND WANG". Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  24. ^ "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink no2006079532". lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Zeitchik, Steven. Crichton gets imprint at FSG". Publishers Weekly. June 14, 2004. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  26. ^ "Crichton to Leave FSG at End of Year". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  27. ^ Editors, The. "Scientific American Books - Scientific American". Books.scientificamerican.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  28. ^ Weinman, Sarah (2016-05-09). "McDonald Named Publisher of New FSG Imprint, and More". lunch.publishersmarketplace.com. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  29. ^ "People Round-Up, Mid-May 2016". Publishing Trends. 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  30. ^ Norman Angell, After All: The Autobiography of Norman Angell (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1951; rpt. Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952).
  31. ^ Elie Wiesel, Night (Hill & Wang, 1958; rpt. 2006).
  32. ^ "Giving An 'F': Rewriting The History Of FSG". theawl.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

Further reading

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A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories

A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories is a 1973 book of short stories written by Polish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer. It shared the 1974 National Book Award for Fiction with Thomas Pynchon. The twenty-four (24) stories in this collection were translated from Yiddish (Singer's language of choice for writing) by Singer, Laurie Colwin, and others.

A Philip Roth Reader

A Philip Roth Reader is a selection of writings by Philip Roth first published in 1980 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, with a revised version reprinted in 1993 by Vintage Books. Both editions include selections from Roth's first eight novels (up to The Ghost Writer), along with the previously uncollected story "Novotny's Pain" and the essay-story "Looking at Kafka."

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon is a 2006 novel by Watt Key. The story follows the adventures of Alabama native Moon Blake.

The novel was originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006.

Following the release of the published work, a movie based upon the book titled Alabama Moon was released September 27, 2009.

Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World is a book on geology written by John McPhee and published in 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.The book presents a geological history of North America, and was researched and written over the course of two decades beginning in 1978. It consists of a compilation of five books, the first four of which were previously published as Basin and Range (1981), In Suspect Terrain (1983), Rising from the Plains (1986), and Assembling California (1993), plus a final book, Crossing the Craton. A narrative table of contents provides an overview of the project, which largely consisted of a series of road journeys by McPhee across the North American continent in the company of noted geologists.

Charming Billy

Charming Billy, a novel by American author Alice McDermott, tells the story of Billy Lynch and his lifelong struggle with alcohol after the death of his first love. It won the National Book Award for fiction as well as the American Book Award, and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. The novel was published by FSG in 1997 and has since been republished by Picador (as a Picador Modern Classic).

Cults of Unreason

Cults of Unreason is a non-fiction book on atypical belief systems, written by Christopher Riche Evans, who was a noted computer scientist and an experimental psychologist. It was first published in the UK in 1973 by Harrap and in the United States in 1974 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in paperback in 1975, by Delacorte Press, and in German, by Rowohlt, in 1976.Evans discusses Scientology and Dianetics, UFO religions, believers in Atlantis, biofeedback, Yoga, Eastern religions, and black boxes. He points out that these systems and groups incorporate technological advances within a theological framework, and that part of their appeal is due to the failure of modern people to find strength, comfort, and community in traditional religion and in science.In 2001 new religious movement specialist George Chryssides criticized the book's title by pointing out that most groups referred to as cults do have well-defined beliefs.

Dubin's Lives

Dubin's Lives is the seventh published novel by the American writer Bernard Malamud. The title character is a biographer working on a life of D. H. Lawrence. It first appeared in hardcover from the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1979. Portions of the novel originally appeared,

in somewhat different form, in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Playboy. It is still in print, Farrar, Straus and Giroux having reissued a paperback edition in 2003 with an Introduction by Thomas Mallon.

Hooking Up

Hooking Up is a collection of essays and a novella by American author Tom Wolfe, a number of which were earlier published in popular magazines.The essays cover diverse topics dating from as early as 1965, including both non-fiction and fiction, along with snipes at his contemporaries John Updike, Norman Mailer and John Irving.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America is a book by New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, proposing that the solutions to global warming and the best method to regain the United States' economic and political stature in the world are to embrace the clean energy and green technology industries. The title derives from the convergence of Hot (global warming), Flat (globalization, as discussed in Friedman's book The World Is Flat) and Crowded (population growth).

The book was released on September 8, 2008, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The audiobook was released simultaneously by Macmillan Audio. The cover art is taken from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Release 2.0 Updated and Expanded was published in November 2009.

John McPhee

John Angus McPhee (born March 8, 1931) is an American writer, widely considered one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction. He is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category General Nonfiction, and he won that award on the fourth occasion in 1999 for Annals of the Former World (a collection of five books, including two of his previous Pulitzer finalists). In 2008, he received the George Polk Career Award for his "indelible mark on American journalism during his nearly half-century career".Since 1974, McPhee has been the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes. The Prizes currently have nine categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added in 1991), history, mystery/thriller (category added in 2000), poetry, science and technology (category added in 1989), and young adult fiction (category added in 1998). In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West. It is named in honor of Robert Kirsch, the Los Angeles Times book critic from 1952 until his death in 1980 whose idea it was to establish the book prizes.

The Book Prize program was founded by Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985. An award named for him was added a year after his death in 1990. Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication in English, and may be written originally in languages other than English. The author of each winning book and the Kirsch Award recipient receives a citation and $1,000. The prizes are presented the day before the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Superclass (book)

Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making is a book about global governance by American author David Rothkopf, released in March 2008 by publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book claims that the world population of 6 billion people is subject to the immense influence of an elite (i.e. The Superclass) of six thousand individuals.

Until the late 20th century, governments of the great powers provided most of the superclass, accompanied by a few heads of international movements (i.e., the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church) and entrepreneurs (Rothschilds, Rockefellers). According to Rothkopf, in the early 21st century, economic clout — fueled by the explosive expansion of international trade, travel and communication — rules. Further, the nation-state's power has diminished shrinking politicians to minority power broker status. Leaders in international business, finance and the defense industry not only dominate the superclass, they move freely into high positions in their nations' governments and back to private life largely beyond the notice of elected legislatures (including the U.S. Congress), which remain abysmally ignorant of affairs beyond their borders. He proposes that the superclass' disproportionate influence over national policy is constructive but always self-interested, and that across the world, few object to corruption and oppressive governments provided they can do business in these countries.

The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford

The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford is a short story collection by Jean Stafford. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1970.

The Complete Stories (O'Connor)

The Complete Stories is a collection of short stories by Flannery O'Connor. It was published in 1971 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It comprises all the stories in A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge plus several previously unavailable stories.

Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

Internet visitors named it the "Best of the National Book Awards"

as part of the Fiction Award's 60th anniversary celebration in 2009, voting on a ballot of the best six award winners selected by writers associated with the Foundation.

The Fixer (novel)

The Fixer is a novel by Bernard Malamud published in 1966 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction (his second)

and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.The Fixer provides a fictionalized version of the Beilis case. Menahem Mendel Beilis was a Jew unjustly imprisoned in Tsarist Russia. The "Beilis trial" of 1913 caused an international uproar and Beilis was acquitted by a jury.

The book was adapted into a 1968 film of the same name starring Alan Bates (Yakov Bok) who received an Oscar nomination.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey

The Lost Books of the Odyssey is a 2007 novel by Zachary Mason, republished in 2010.

Mason, who wrote the book while working full-time, won first prize and initial publication in a 2007 competition sponsored by Starcherone Books, an independent publisher in Buffalo, New York. The Los Angeles Times reviewed the book, and it became a finalist in the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction competition in 2009. The book garnered additional positive reviews upon re-publication with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, noticed the book and worked with Mason to craft a second edition of the book, reducing its length and making other modifications to the content. The result was more widely reviewed to acclaim.

Time to Come

Time to Come is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories edited by American writer August Derleth. It was first published by Farrar, Straus and Young in 1954. The stories are all original to this anthology.

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting is an American children's novel written by Natalie Babbitt and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1975. It explores the concept of immortality, which might not be as desirable as it may appear to be. It has sold over 5 million copies and has been called a classic of modern children's literature. The book is also sold with the reading connections included.

Tuck Everlasting has been adapted into two feature films, released in 1981 and 2002, and three times into unabridged audio books: by Listening Library/Random House in 1988 and narrated by Peter Thomas, by Recorded Books in 1993 and narrated by Barbara Caruso, and by Audio Bookshelf in 2001 and narrated by Melissa Hughes. It has also been adapted into a stage musical with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle.

Two Fables

Two Fables is a collection of two short stories by Roald Dahl, first published in 1986 by Penguin in London and Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in the United States.

It contains the following two stories:

"Princess and the Poacher"

"Princess Mammalia"

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