André Schiffrin

France, 1932 - 2013

André Schiffrin was director of Parthenon Books in New York for thirty years, introducing the works of Boris Pasternak, Michel Foucault and others to an American audience. In 1990, he founded The New Press. His father was Jacques Schiffrin, the legendary founder and publisher of the Pléiade series, who fled Paris and moved his family to America. André Schiffrin studied at Yale and Cambridge, and was one of the founders of protest organization Students for a Democratic Society. On his youth, he wrote the autobiography A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York (2007). He expounded his view on the world of publishing inThe Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read (2000).