Harper Perennial

Harper Perennial is a paperback imprint of the publishing house HarperCollins Publishers.[1]

Harper Perennial
Harper Perennial logo
Parent companyHarper Collins
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City, New York
Publication typesBooks
Official websiteharperperennial.com


Harper Perennial has divisions located in New York, London, Toronto, and Sydney. The imprint is descended from the Perennial Library imprint founded by Harper & Row in 1964. In fall of 2005, Harper Perennial rebranded with a new logo (an Olive) and a distinct editorial direction emphasizing fiction and non-fiction from new and young authors. In the end matter, books often feature a brand-specific P.S. section that features extra material such as interviews, essays, etc. Carrie Kania is the publisher.

Recent notable books include I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany, This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins, The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neil, Grab On to Me Tightly as If I Knew the Way by Bryan Charles, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. In November, 2011, they released The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels by Richard Paul Roe, a detailed examination of the locales mentioned in ten plays by Shakespeare.

Harper Perennial Modern Classics, a direct offshoot of the imprint, publishes eminent authors such as Peter Singer, Harper Lee, Zora Neale Hurston, Aldous Huxley, Russell Banks, Thomas Pynchon, Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sylvia Plath, and Thornton Wilder among many others.


  1. ^ Wyatt, Edward (March 22, 2006). "Literary Novels Going Straight to Paperback". The New York Times.

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Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr

Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr (Arabic: أحمد حسن البكر‎ 'Aḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr; 1 July 1914 – 4 October 1982) was the 4th President of Iraq, from 17 July 1968 until 16 July 1979. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organisation Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region (the Ba'ath Party's Iraqi branch), which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism.

Al-Bakr first rose to prominence following the 14 July Revolution which overthrew the monarchy. In the newly established government, al-Bakr was involved in improving Iraqi–Soviet relations. In 1959 al-Bakr was forced to resign from the Iraqi military; the then Iraqi government accused him of being involved in anti-government activities. Following his forced retirement, he became the chairman of the Ba'ath Party's Iraqi branch's Military Bureau. Through this office he was able to recruit members to the ba'athist cause through patronage and cronyism. Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim was overthrown in the Ramadan (8 February) Revolution; al-Bakr was appointed Prime Minister, and later, Vice President of Iraq in a Ba'ath-Nasserist coalition government. The government lasted for less than a year, and was ousted in November 1963.

Following the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party's ouster from government in 1963, al-Bakr and the party pursued underground activities and became vocal critics of the government. It was during this period that al-Bakr was elected the Ba'ath Party's Iraqi branch's Secretary General (the head), and appointed his cousin, Saddam Hussein, to be the party cell's deputy leader. Al-Bakr and the Ba'ath Party regained power in the coup of 1968, later referred to as the 17 July Revolution. In the coup's aftermath, al-Bakr was elected Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council and President; he was later appointed Prime Minister. Saddam, the Ba'ath Party's deputy, became Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council and Vice President, and was responsible for Iraq's security services.During his rule, Iraq was blossoming; high economic growth due to high international oil prices strengthened Iraq's role in the Arab world and increased the people's standard of living. Land reforms were introduced, and wealth was distributed more equally. A sort of socialist economy was established in the late-1970s, under the direction of Saddam. Al-Bakr gradually lost power to Saddam in the 1970s, when the latter strengthened his position within the party and the state through security services. In 1979, al-Bakr resigned from all public offices for "health reasons" and died in 1982 of unreported causes.

Catalonia Offensive

The Catalonia Offensive (Catalan: Ofensiva de Catalunya, Spanish: Ofensiva de Cataluña) was part of the Spanish Civil War. The Nationalist Army started the offensive on December 23, 1938, and rapidly conquered Republican-held Catalonia with Barcelona (the Republic's capital city from October 1937). Barcelona was captured on January 26, 1939. The Republican government headed for the French border. Thousands of people fleeing the Nationalists also crossed the frontier in the following month, to be placed in internment camps. Franco closed the border with France by February 10, 1939.

Charles Soule

Charles Soule is a Brooklyn, New York-based comic book writer, musician, and attorney. He is best known writing Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine, and various Star Wars comics from Marvel Comics, and his creator-owned series Letter 44 from Oni Press. His debut novel, The Oracle Year was released by Harper Perennial on April 3, 2018.

Classic Stories 1

Classic Stories 1: From The Golden Apples of the Sun and R is for Rocket is a semi-omnibus edition of two short story collections by Ray Bradbury: The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953) and R is for Rocket (1962).

The first 18 stories (17 prior to the third-printing's addition of the story "The Golden Apples of the Sun") are assimilated from the original Doubleday edition of The Golden Apples of the Sun. The stories appear in the original sequence, but with three omissions: "The Pedestrian" (1951), "Invisible Boy" (1945), and "Hail and Farewell" (1953). The final 14 stories in the collection are reproduced from R is for Rocket. Omitted are "The Gift" (1952) and two stories already present in The Golden Apples of the Sun.

When Avon Books reprinted the book in 1997, they retitled it The Golden Apples of the Sun and Other Stories. Harper Perennial titled their 2005 edition as A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories.

Dennis Cooper

Dennis Cooper (born January 10, 1953) is an American novelist, poet, critic, editor and performance artist. He is perhaps best known for the George Miles Cycle, a series of five semi-autobiographical novels published between 1989 and 2000 and described by Tony O'Neill "as intense a dissection of human relationships and obsession that modern literature has ever attempted."

Dishwasher Pete

Dishwasher Pete is the pen name for Pete Jordan, author of the popular Dishwasher zine as well as the book of the same title, whose goal was to wash dishes in every state in America. For more than a decade, he moved from city to city, state to state, washing dishes in restaurants, hospitals, cafeterias, ski resorts, camps, communes, a fish cannery, an offshore oil rig, a dinner train and just about anywhere where dishes were dirty. He was once invited to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. He did not wish to be on national television, and so a friend of his took his place on the show, pretending to be him. Later, while promoting his book, Pete himself appeared on Letterman and the two discussed the earlier "appearance."

The fifteen issues of the Dishwasher zine are now out of print. Memoirs of Jordan's dishwashing years were published in the book Dishwasher by HarperPerennial in 2007; it was positively reviewed in Chicagoist. Without reading it, New York Times writer Dwight Garner initially dismissed the book; upon chiding by readers of his column, he wrote "Boy, was I wrong about it - it's exceedingly well-written and explores an American subculture, one Jordan has been working in for more than a decade, with real tact and feeling and humor."Dishwasher Pete has contributed to the following episodes of the radio program This American Life:

Episode #56 "Name Change"

Episode #70 "Other People's Mail"

Episode #74 "Conventions"

Episode #102 "Roadtrip!"

Episode #115 "First Day"His writing has also appeared on the Open Letters website:

"A Clean Conscience"

"The Rat Problem"Dishwasher Pete also volunteered as a "human guinea pig" in first-in-man drug trials, and contributed articles to the Guinea Pig Zero: A Journal for Human Research Subjects zine.

In 2002 Pete moved to Amsterdam, where he became fascinated by the culture and history of this city of cyclists. This is the basis for his second book: In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist (Harper Perennial, 2013).

Extremadura campaign

The Extremadura campaign was a campaign in Extremadura, Spain during the Spanish Civil War. It culminated in the Battle of Badajoz in August 1936, from which the troops of the Army of Africa under the command of Francisco Franco moved quickly to begin the march to Madrid.

Footsteps (autobiography)

Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer is an autobiographical book by the biographer Richard Holmes, published by Viking Press in 1985. Harper Perennial first published reprints of Footsteps in 2005.


An ideology is a set of normative beliefs and values that a person or other entity has for non-epistemic reasons. These rely on basic assumptions about reality that may or may not have any factual basis. The term is especially used to describe systems of ideas and ideals which form the basis of economic or political theories and resultant policies. In these there are tenuous causal links between policies and outcomes owing to the large numbers of variables available, so that many key assumptions have to be made. In political science the term is used in a descriptive sense to refer to political belief systems.The term was coined by Antoine Destutt de Tracy, a French Enlightenment aristocrat and philosopher, who conceived it in 1796 as the "science of ideas" during the French Reign of Terror by trying to develop a rational system of ideas to oppose the irrational impulses of the mob. However, in contemporary philosophy it is narrower in scope than that original concept, or the ideas expressed in broad concepts such as worldview, The Imaginary and in ontology.In the sense defined by French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser, ideology is "the imagined existence (or idea) of things as it relates to the real conditions of existence".

Kate Zambreno

Kate Zambreno (born December 30 1977) is an American writer and novelist. She is the author of the novel O Fallen Angel, winner of the "Undoing the Novel—First Book Contest," originally published by Chiasmus Press, as well as the novel Green Girl, published by Harper Perennial. O Fallen Angel was also reissued by Harper Perennial in 2017 with an introduction by Lidia Yuknavitch. Heroines, her "critical memoir" centered on the women of modernism, partially incubated on her blog Frances Farmer is My Sister, was published by Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents, edited by Chris Kraus. Semiotext(e)'s Native Agents published Book of Mutter in 2017, and Appendix Project, a collection of talks and essays written in the shadow of Book of Mutter, in 2019. A chapbook, Apoplexia, Toxic Shock, & Toilet Bowl: Some Notes on Why I Write was released as part of the Guillotine series in 2013. A collection of flash fiction and essays, Screen Tests, will be published by Harper Perennial in July 2019. She regularly contributes to art catalogues and anthologies, such as essays on Anne Collier, Paula Rego, and Kathy Acker. She is at work on a series of books exploring time, community, and the project of literature, the first, Drifts, will be published by Riverhead in 2020, and the second, To Write As if Already Dead, a study of Hervé Guibert's To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, will be published by Columbia University Press in 2021. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Len Deighton's Action Cook Book

Len Deighton's Action Cook Book is a 1965 collection of cookery strips (known as a cookstrip, an invention of Len Deighton's from his days as a student at the Royal College of Art) originally published in the Observer newspaper, with additional information and notes. Aimed at "an audience of men unskilled at knowing their way around the kitchen", the book has been described as a cult classic from the period and helped pave the transition from cooking being only for women, into bring a sophisticated expectation of a modern man.The book was reissued in 2009 by Harper Perennial (an imprint of Harper Collins) with original content and artwork, the 2nd edition of the cover artwork, and an additional updated introduction.


"Lenore" is a poem by the American author Edgar Allan Poe. It began as a different poem, "A Paean", and was not published as "Lenore" until 1843.

Perennial (disambiguation)

A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years.

Perennial may also refer to:

Perennial, the Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society, a British charity

Harper Perennial, a paperback imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Perennial (album), by Vera Blue, 2017

Perennial (terminology), a mindset of a group of people who share common interests

The Best American Series

The Best American Series is an annually-published collection of books, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, each of which features a different genre or theme. Each book selects from works published in North America during the previous year, selected by a guest editor who is an established writer within the given field. This series, the original, should not be confused with more recent Best American series published by Harper Perennial and Palgrave Macmillan.

The Light-House

"The Light-House" is the unofficial title of the last work written by Edgar Allan Poe. He did not live to finish it, and had barely begun it by the time of his death in 1849.

The Wind's Twelve Quarters

The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin, named after a line from A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad and first published by Harper & Row in 1975. Described by Le Guin as a retrospective, it collects 17 previously published stories, four of which were the germ of novels she was to write later: "The Word of Unbinding" and "The Rule of Names" gave Le Guin the place that was to become Earthsea; "Semley's Necklace" was first published as "Dowry of the Angyar" in 1964 and then as the Prologue of the novel Rocannon's World in 1966; "Winter's King" is about the inhabitants of the planet Winter, as is Le Guin's later novel The Left Hand of Darkness. Most of the other stories are also connected to Le Guin's novels. The story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" won the Hugo Award in 1974, while "The Day Before the Revolution" won the Locus and Nebula Awards in 1975.

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night is a novel by Canadian writer Joel Thomas Hynes, published in 2017 by Harper Perennial. It won the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 2017 Governor General's Awards and the Winterset Award, and was longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The novel centres on Johnny Keough, who is undertaking a road trip from his home in Newfoundland to British Columbia to scatter the ashes of his girlfriend Madonna after she is killed in an accident.

William Henry Leonard Poe

William Henry Leonard Poe, often referred to as Henry Poe, (January 30, 1807 – August 1, 1831) was a sailor, amateur poet and the older brother of Edgar Allan Poe and Rosalie Poe.

After the death of their parents, the three Poe children were split up: Henry lived with family in Baltimore, Maryland, while Edgar and Rosalie were cared for by two different families in Richmond, Virginia. Before the age of 20, Henry traveled around the globe by sea before returning to Baltimore and becoming a published poet and author. One of his works, "The Pirate", was a fictionalized account of his brother's first relationship with Sarah Elmira Royster in Richmond. Henry died of tuberculosis in 1831 at the age of twenty-four.

Henry Poe was an inspiration to his brother's life and writings and the two had similar writing styles. Edgar Allan Poe for a time used the alias "Henri Le Rennet", a name inspired by Henry. Henry's influence on Edgar's writing include a character in the novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and possibly the name of the title character in the poem "Lenore".

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