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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Parent company Macmillan Publishers
Founded 1946; 72 years ago (1946)
Founder John C. Farrar
Roger W. Straus, Jr.
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, New York
Distribution Macmillan (US)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)[1]
Key people Jonathan Galassi
Imprints Hill & Wang, North Point, Sarah Crichton, Scientific American, MCD, FSG Originals
Official website 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]

Early years

Farrar, Straus and Giroux was founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, Jr. and John C. Farrar.[2] 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]

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 iniative, 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]

21st century

Jonathan Galassi is president and publisher. 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.[4]

Notable authors

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


  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. ^ Farrington, Joshua. "Faber ends FSG partnership". The Bookseller. The Bookseller. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Questia, Your Online Research Library". Accessmylibrary.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  7. ^ Editors, The. "Scientific American Books - Scientific American". Books.scientificamerican.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  8. ^ Weinman, Sarah (2016-05-09). "McDonald Named Publisher of New FSG Imprint, and More". lunch.publishersmarketplace.com. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  9. ^ Editors, PT (2016-05-17). "People Round-Up, Mid-May 2016". Publishing Trends. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  10. ^ Norman Angell, After All: The Autobiography of Norman Angell (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1951; rpt. Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952).
  11. ^ Elie Wiesel, Night (Hill & Wang, 1958; rpt. 2006).

Further reading

  • Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Boris Kachka. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013, ISBN 978-1451691894

External links

  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux on Twitter
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
  • Work in Progress, an Online Magazine by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Collection of Isaac Bashevis Singer Papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. Records, 1899–2003 Manuscripts and Archives Division, New York Public Library.
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