The Overlook Press

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The Overlook Press
The Overlook Press
Founded 1971 (45 years ago) (1971)
Founder Peter Mayer
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, New York
Publication types Books
Imprints Ardis, Duckworth
Official website

The Overlook Press is an American independent publishing house based in New York, New York, that considers itself "a home for distinguished books that had been 'overlooked' by larger houses".

History and operations[edit]

It was formed in 1971 by Peter Mayer, who had previously worked at Avon and Penguin Books, where he was chief executive officer 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]

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]


Writers whose works were published by Overlook include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c The Overlook Press web site. "About Us". Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Overlook Press Publisher to Be Honored" (press release). Beneath the Cover. November 26, 2007.

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