James Laughlin (1914–1997) founded New Directions in 1936 while still a student at Harvard. He wrote and compiled more than a dozen books of poetry as well as stories and essays; seven volumes of his correspondence with his authors are available from W.W. Norton.
Books by James Laughlin
James Laughlin, Kenneth Rexroth, Lee Bartlett
James Laughlin, Henry Miller, George Wickes, George Wickes
Hardcover, 1996A sparkling, lively record of a remarkable author/publisher relationship.
James Laughlin, Peter Glassgold
Finally collected are all the poems of James Laughlin — a classic poet of Catullan sensibility hiding in plain sight as an avant-garde publisher and the “Godfather of Modernism”
Delmore Schwartz, James Laughlin, Robert Phillips
Hardcover, 1993Here follows the highs and lows of a relationship between two extraordinary personalities.
Ezra Pound, James Laughlin, David McCall Gordon
Hardcover, 1994Ezra Pound and James Laughlin: Selected Letters is a modernist source book - essential reading for anyone interested in tracing the real development of twentieth-century literature.
Guy Davenport, James Laughlin, W. C. Bamberger
Hardcover, 2007An epistolary exchange that highlights two singular intellects, their disparate approaches to literature and their mutual admiration.
William Carlos Williams, James Laughlin, Hugh Witemeyer
Hardcover, 1990This volume chronicles the correspondence between William Carlos Williams, a Pullitzer Prize-winning American poet, and his publisher, James Laughlin, the founder of "New Directions".
James Laughlin, Barbara Epler, Daniel Javitch
Paperback, 2007Lavishly illustrated, The Way It Wasn't offers an intimate firsthand encounter with 20th-century Modernism, from the extraordinary man who defined it for America.
James Laughlin, Tennessee Williams, Peggy Fox, Thomas Keith
Hardcover, 2018Four decades of correspondence of Tennessee Williams’s and James Laughlin’s unlikely yet enduring literary and personal relationship.
Thomas Merton, Patrick Hart, James Laughlin, Naomi Burton Stone, Amiya Chakravarty
Paperback, 1975"This is quintessential Merton."—The Catholic Review.