Melville House to publish Schiffrin paperback

Melville House to publish Schiffrin paperback

Melville House will publish the paperback edition of A Political Education, the memoir by publisher André Schiffrin, who died earlier this month.

Schiffrin was m.d. of Random House imprint Pantheon and founder of the non-profit publisher New Press. He died on 1st December at the age of 78.

A Political Education recounts Schiffrin's life, from his childhood as the son of an esteemed French publisher, who was forced to escape France when the Nazis marched into Paris.

After receiving a masters from Cambridge, he became the first American editor of Granta magazine, before going on to Pantheon, where he published writers such as Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault, Art Spiegelman, Jean-Paul Sartre and Eric Hobsbawm.

The book was originally published by Melville House in 2007, and will be released in paperback in Janurary 2014.

Co-publisher Dennis Johnson said: "Legendary figures like André don’t come around very often, and I’m happy to be able to introduce the story of his life to a new audience."