This is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to understand how writers and editors work together to create and publish work that's trying to do something original. Richard Seaver, in a memoir edited after his death by Jeannette Medina Seaver, his wife of 55 years (and so often his working partner), tells the story of Paris in the 1950s (Beckett, Ionesco, Genet) and New York in the 1960s (Burroughs, Henry Miller, the censorship battles). His voice pulls you in to an intimate view of how people who are passionate about writing--and who think and live through writing--work together to advance the cause of great new and emerging work--and, as their portfolio builds, to have the great joy of advancing the work of writers they've worked with over the years. Seaver was brilliant, classy, gutsy, tremendously hard-working, and had extraordinary taste and insight and the determination to not only believe in the work he responded to, but to fight for its publication. (He was also himself a writer who never lost his sense of humor, not for a single page, which makes this a really fun ride.) This is also a book about relationships--friendships, the relationships among writers and editors, and the love story between Dick and Jeannette. If you are interested in this period of literature, read it. If you are interested in knowing how that under-financed thing called literary publishing really works, read it. If you want a wonderful read, this is for you.