The Overlook Press

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The Overlook Press
The Overlook Press
Founded 1971
Founder Peter Mayer
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Publication types Books
Imprints Ardis, Duckworth
Official website

The Overlook Press is an American independent publishing house based in New York that considers itself "a home for distinguished books that had been 'overlooked' by larger houses." It was formed in 1971 by Peter Mayer, who had previously worked at Avon and Penguin Books, where he was CEO from 1978 to 1998.[1] A general-interest publisher, Overlook has over one thousand titles in print, including fiction, history, biography, drama, and design. Overlook's publishing program consists of nearly 100 new books per year, evenly divided between hardcovers and trade paperbacks. Imprints include Tusk Books, whose format was designed by Milton Glaser.[1]

Writers whose works were published by Overlook include Robert Littell, Charles McCarry, Mervyn Peake, Paul Auster, Edgardo Vega Yunqué, Penny Vincenzi, Ken Auletta, R. Scott Bakker, Joseph Roth, John Crowley, Susan Hill, Milton Glaser, Walter Moers, David Crystal, P. G. Wodehouse, R. J. Ellory, Elizabeth Abbott, P. F. Kluge, Gerald Seymour, Charles Portis, Richard Zimler, Charles Dickens, Paul Cartledge, John Cowper Powys, W. F. Hermans, Edward Albee, Harry Sidebottom, David Mamet, André Schwarz-Bart, Peter Quinn, Robert Coover, Katie Arnoldi, Jim Nisbet, Max Frei, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Raymond Loewy, Walter R. Brooks, Nigel Slater, Joseph McElroy, and Les Walker.

In 2002, Overlook acquired Ardis Publishing, a publisher of Russian literature in English. Overlook also took ownership of the British publishing company Gerald Duckworth and Company Ltd.[1]

In 2007, Overlook's publisher Peter Mayer was the recipient of the New York Center for Independent Publishing’s Poor Richard Award for outstanding contributions to independent book publishing.[2]


  1. ^ a b c The Overlook Press web site. "About Us". Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Overlook Press Publisher to Be Honored" (press release), Beneath The Cover, November 26, 2007.

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