Dalkey Archive Press
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Champaign, Illinois|
|Distribution||Ingram Publisher Services (US)
Central Books (UK)
Dalkey Archive Press is a publisher of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism in Illinois in the United States, Dublin, and London, specializing in the publication or republication of lesser known, often avant-garde works. The publisher is named for the novel The Dalkey Archive, by the Irish author Flann O'Brien.
Founded in Chicago in 1984, Dalkey Archive began as an adjunct press to the literary magazine Review of Contemporary Fiction, itself founded by John O'Brien, John Byrne, and Lowell Dunlap and dedicated to highlighting writers who were overlooked by the mainstream critical establishment. Initially, the Press reprinted works by authors that were featured in the Review but eventually branched out to other works, including original works that had not before been published. In December 2006, Dalkey Archive relocated to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to be part of the university's commitment to global projects that will complement the Press's commitment to translations.
Modelled on such publishers as Grove Press and New Directions, Dalkey Archive's emphasis is decidedly upon literary fiction, usually of a modernist or postmodernist bent. In the publisher's own words, Dalkey Archive "place[s] a heavy emphasis upon fiction that belongs to the experimental tradition of Sterne, Joyce, Rabelais, Flann O'Brien, Beckett, Gertrude Stein and Djuna Barnes." One of the publisher's primary goals is to keep all of its books in print, regardless of their commercial success, in the interest of maintaining the availability of works that it deems culturally and educationally valuable.
In 2011, the Press was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle; its authors and translators have been recipients of many major awards, including the Nobel Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, the Vondel Prize, and the Premio Valle-Inclán award.
Dalkey Archive has published a variety of books and authors from many countries. In some cases, the publication of certain books by Dalkey Archive has led to a resurgence in their author's popularity, particularly in the United States, as happened with Felipe Alfau and Flann O'Brien. Some notable books and authors published by Dalkey Archive are listed below.
- Felipe Alfau, Chromos and Locos: A Comedy of Gestures
- Djuna Barnes, Ryder, Nightwood: The Original Version and Related Drafts
- Roger Boylan, Killoyle, An Irish Farce
- Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
- Joshua Cohen, Witz
- Robert Coover, A Night at the Movies
- Jean Echenoz, Chopin's Move
- Jon Fosse, Melancholy, Melancholy II
- Kass Fleisher, Talking out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman
- Carlos Fuentes, Terra Nostra
- William Gaddis, J R and The Recognitions
- William Gass, The Tunnel
- Henry Green, Concluding
- Aidan Higgins, Flotsam and Jetsam and Bornholme Night Ferry
- G. Cabrera Infante, Three Trapped Tigers
- Hugh Kenner, Flaubert, Joyce, and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians
- Danilo Kis, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich
- António Lobo Antunes, Knowledge of Hell
- Yuri Lotman, Non-Memoirs
- Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String
- David Markson, Wittgenstein's Mistress
- Harry Mathews, My Life in CIA
- Nicholas Mosley, Natalie Natalia
- Flann O'Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman
- Patrik Ouředník, Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century
- Raymond Queneau, Pierrot Mon Ami
- Ann Quin, Berg and Passages
- Ishmael Reed, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
- Viktor Shklovsky, Theory of Prose and Energy of Delusion
- Gilbert Sorrentino, Blue Pastoral and Mulligan Stew
- Boris Vian, Heartsnatcher
- Douglas Woolf, Wall to Wall
- Philip Wylie, Generation of Vipers
- Dennis Barone, "What's in a Name? The Dalkey Archive Press." Critique 37.3 (1996): 222-41.