Small Press Legends: John Martin. (Interview)
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John Martin (1930), founder of Black Sparrow Press, was both publisher and editor for 36 years, retiring in 2002. He is most noted for helping to launch the literary career of Charles Bukowski and re-publishing the works of John Fante. He published over a dozen titles annually, with more than $1 million in sales, including works by Wyndham Lewis, Paul Bowles, Robert Duncan, Theodore Dreiser, Joyce Carol Oates, D.H. Lawrence, Diane Wakoski and many other influential writers. Martin sold Black Sparrow’s backlist to David R. Godine in 2002, and publication rights to Bukowski, Paul Bowles, and John Fante, were sold to Ecco Press, where they still appear, with the now-famous covers designed by his wife Barbara Martin.