John Calder
John Calder, born in Montréal in 1927, has literally carried authors on his back for the past fifty years as the most prominent champion of literature in the British Isles. He founded his publishing house in London in 1949 and has published almost fifteen hundred books and twenty Nobel Prize Winners. His authors include: Henry Miller, William S.Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, Antonin Artaud, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Claude Simon, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Robert Menasse, Antonine Maillet and Samuel Beckett. In Defence of Literature recently celebrated his career in publishing, What's Wrong? What's Right?, his first collection of poetry, was published in 1999. The Philosophy of Beckett and Against the Grain, an autobiography, will be published next year. John Calder lives in Paris.