Melville House

Brooklyn, NY

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Melville House is an independent publisher located in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2001 by sculptor Valerie Merians and fiction writer/journalist Dennis Johnson, in order to publish Poetry After 9/11, a book of material culled from Johnson’s groundbreaking MobyLives book blog.

Melville House is also well-known for its fiction, with two Nobel Prize winners on its list: Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll. In particular, the company has developed a world-wide reputation for its rediscovery of forgotten international writers — its translation of a forgotten work by Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone, launched a world-wide phenomenon — and for its discovery of many first-time writers, such as Tao Lin (Eeeee Eee Eeee), Lars Iyer (Spurious), and Christopher Boucher (How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive). In fact, to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Melville House decided to make its 200th book a work of first fiction: Leigh Stein’s The Fallback Plan.

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