Carroll & Graf Publishers

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Carroll & Graf Publishers
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Founded1982 (41 years ago) (1982)
FounderKent Carroll
Herman Graf
SuccessorPerseus Books Group
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City, New York

Carroll & Graf Publishers was an American publishing company based in New York City, New York, known for publishing a wide range of fiction and non-fiction by both new and established authors, as well as issuing reprints of previously hard-to-find works.[1][2] It was closed in 2007.


Publisher Kent Carroll, the editorial director of Grove Press from 1975 to 1981, co-founded Carroll & Graf in 1982 with Herman Graf, who was Executive Vice President of Grove Press. Headquartered on West 17th Street in New York City, it offered a variety of fiction and non-fiction, including history, biography, current affairs, mysteries (including British imports) and science fiction.[3]

By 1995 Carroll & Graf was releasing 125 titles of fiction and non-fiction annually, by authors ranging from Anthony Burgess, Beryl Bainbridge, and Penelope Fitzgerald to Philip K. Dick and Eric Ambler. Best Evidence, which spent three months on the NY Times best seller list (Jan - March, 1981), was published by Carroll and Graf, in trade paperback format in 1988. A non-fiction best-seller, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, was transformed by Oliver Stone into the movie JFK.[4]

Carroll & Graf was purchased by the Avalon Publishing Group in 1998, and in 2003 Will Balliett became its publisher.[5] Avalon was purchased by the Perseus Books Group in January 2007.[6] That May, Perseus president David Steinberger announced that Carroll & Graf would be shut down.[7]

Authors and editors[edit]

Notable authors included:[8]

Carroll & Graf editor-in-chief Philip Turner departed in 2006 and was replaced by Bill Strachan, who began a career in the business 35 years earlier as an Anchor Books editorial secretary, rising through the ranks at Viking Press, Houghton Mifflin and Henry Holt to Columbia University Press.


  1. ^ Rich, Motoko (February 25, 2009). "Europa Editions Finds Success Translating Literary Novels". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  2. ^ Bernhard, Brendan (December 1, 2005). "Tough Guys, Effete Snobs and Mad Women". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Carroll & Graf.
  4. ^ "Carroll & Graf (1982-2001)". Kent Carroll. August 4, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Farmanfarmaian, Roxane (December 7, 1998). "Avalon to Acquire Carroll & Graf". Publishers Weekly. 245 (49): 11.
  6. ^ "Perseus to Buy Avalon". Publishers Weekly. November 1, 2007.
  7. ^ Associated Press (May 11, 2007). "Perseus Books to cut staff, lines". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 19, 2021. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  8. ^ "Kent Carroll". Kent Carroll. Retrieved November 2, 2017.

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