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Letters from the Publisher

The Samuel Beckett File: Correspondence, Interviews, Photos

Barney Rosset

Preface by PAUL AUSTER • Edited with an Introduction by LOIS OPPENHEIM 



"Barney Rosset, whose guts and wisdom made it possible for me to read Beckett and all the other writers published by Grove, the one-in-a-million Barney Rosset, America's bravest publisher."from the Preface by Paul Auster

"You know, Barney, I think my writing days are over," Beckett writes in 1954 [when most of his output was still ahead of him.] And later, "Sick of all this old vomit and despair more and more of ever being able to puke again. In a world where writers switch publishers at the first shake of a martini pitcher, our trans-Atlantic communications seemed to float on a sea of tranquility and trust." – from Dear Mr. Beckett

Through letters, contracts, photos, interviews, speeches, reviews and memorabilia--most of which has never before been made public--a rare personal and professional friendship unfolds between these two oddly shy daredevils; through their embrace, they shifted and turned the tide of literature in America.

Among the many never before published entries:

  • Beckett's discussion about acting with his long time director, Alan Schneider, as they huddled with Barney Rosset in his East Hampton Quonset hut about their upcoming rehearsal with Buster Keaton.
  • Susan Sontag correspondence on her GODOT production in Sarajevo.
  • The comprehensive ENDGAME file about the controversial production in Cambridge, Mass. which proceeded against Beckett's wishes.
  • Interviews with Eugene Ionesco and Alain Robbe-Grillet about Beckett and Rosset and the Absurdists.
  • Estelle Parsons correspondence with Beckett about the actress's proposal to perform GODOT with Shelley Winters on Broadway.
  • Comprehensive file on the genesis and development of Beckett's ROCKABY with Billie Whitelaw.
  • Comprehensive file on Rosset's termination from Grove, the press he founded and championed.


Barney Rosset defended personal freedom of the written word at great personal risk (he was arrested numerous times) and redefined American's Puritanical literary parameters. Together with Beckett, his name is forever linked with his authors who include William S. Burroughs, Malcolm X, Henry Miller, Jean Genet, Harold Pinter, and D.H. Lawrence. These authors owe their right to publication to him. He was a long time denizen of Greenwich Village.

Lois Oppenheim (Editor) is past president of the International Beckett Society.


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Literary Collections / Letters
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An Encyclopedic Chronicle

Matt MacNabb

For the first time, the entire scope and history of the Bat arsenal, from the famous cowl, the awesome Batmobile, the catacomb-like Batcave to the tank-like Tumbler is documented in this encyclopedic chronicle by Matt MacNabb. It is really Batman's equipment and the unique gizmos he employs to keep Gotham safe that not only defines him but transforms him into a superhero. After all, he's one of the very few superheroes who's as human as the rest of us.

Survey the many iterations of the Batman legend since its debut in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939: the original ferocious and bitter avenger, the campy crusader of the 60's TV series, the dark brooding antihero of the graphic novels and the recent Chris Nolan Dark Knight films. What's the one thing that remains consistent about this most mysterious of superheroes through the decades? His gear, his arsenal. When the Bat signal hits the night sky all the world knows who's been called. If you really want to get to know Batman, and his 75-year legend, you must know his material.


  • Entire history of the Batman legend, in all media
  • In-depth interviews with the people behind the Bat cosmos
  • Expert analysis of the Bat legend by the author and other Bat-gurus
  • Exhaustive, intimate catalog of Batman's incredible crime-fighting tools
  • Comparison of the various Bat incarnations, from comic book to film and beyond
  • The Bat foes - from the Joker to Bane - expert analysis and commentary


You think you know Batman? You don't know the tenth of it. Matt MacNabb unravels the how and why of each significant piece of the Batman toolbox, along with intimate behind the scenes stories and knowledgeable commentary by the people who designed them. To really know Batman, you must know this army of dedicated, talented artists, writers and technicians who are the ones who have really brought the Caped Crusader to life over the decades. They are Batman's secret pit crew, swapping the Bat tires and equipping the Bat utility belt. Most of them grew up as super fans of the comics and the books and the TV shows and the movies the same way everyone else did, but they got the lucky break to contribute to the legend.

Batman's Arsenal author and Bat Oracle, Matt MacNabb, mastermind of the Bat-fan-mecca super website has poured a lifetime of Bat love and Bat lore into his book.

MATT MACNABB is a pop culture historian and the mind behind a network of world famous pop culture websites, including,, the “My Parents Are Geeks” blog and He and his work have been featured in SFX Magazine, Variety, Brick Journal, on CNN and BBC Radio, and has contributed to books such as Holy Franchise, Batman and The DC Comics Action Figure Archive. He has been featured in a Batman comic book. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.


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December 8, 2015
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes; Film / TV Reference
An Opus Trade Paperback Original •  $29.99   
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Also from OPUS: The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Selected Storyboards (9781623160012)


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Written and Illustrated by

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Translated by Mario Pirovano


“Fo emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and
upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.”  —Nobel Prize Committee


These are fables to spark the imagination, challenge the conscience, and delight the soul. Greed and corruption are Fo’s irreverent subjects for this satirical Fellini-esque provocation. Fo convenes courtiers, popes, cardinals, generals, peasants and one man who despite his own earthly appetites and desires becomes a saint. “Imagine” wrote The New York Times about Fo, “a cross between Bertolt Brecht and Lenny Bruce, and you may begin to have an idea of the scope of Fo’s anarchic wit.”

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, DARIO FO – theatre director, commedia clown, artist, and composer – is the author of over seventy plays including Accidental Death of an Anarchist, We Can't Pay? We Won't Pay! and Mistero Buffo.

"MARIO PIROVANO possesses the energetic inventiveness of a great storyteller." – Dario Fo




March 8, 2016
Fiction/ Literary •  Fiction-Religious • Religious/Catholic/Christianity
Cloth • $29.95 • Color illustrations throughout
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ISBN: 978-1-62316-082-1

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An Inspector Pekkala Novel of Suspense
Paul Watkins Writing As

Sam Eastland


A big satisfying Stalinist-era thriller from the master of the genre


The German Army begins to shatter before the tide of advancing Soviet forces in 1944. Two Russian soldiers burrow into the crypt of a German church, where, clutched in the hands of a priest’s skeleton, they discover a priceless icon last seen in the grasp of Rasputin, the mad monk who mesmerized the Romanovs. When news of the discovery reaches Moscow, Stalin calls upon his most trusted investigator, Inspector Pekkala, to unravel the secret of the icon’s past.

RED ICON is the sixth novel is this acclaimed suspense series (translated into l7 languages) following THE BEAST IN THE RED FOREST, published by Opus last year.

SAM EASTLAND is the nom de plume of novelist and memoirist Paul Watkins when he writes the Inspector Pekkala detective novels set in Stalinist Russia. He is the son of Welsh parents and the grandson of a London Metropolitan Police Investigator who served in Scotland Yard’s famous “Ghost Squad" during the 1940s. Watkins spent his early years in Rhode Island and was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, Eton College and Yale University. Watkins has written for The London Times, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times and The Observer.  For the past 25 years, he has taught at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.  

Praise for books by SAM EASTLAND / PAUL WATKINS

“A standout historical series. Eastland depicts his fictional Stalin as more than a James Bond villain, painting him as a conflicted, lonely tyrant whose retribution against slights both real and imagined makes him a very dangerous opponent.”                        – Kirkus Reviews

“Writing with innate literary grace, he gives this series an air of swashbuckling romance with many glints of depraved humanity.”                 – Library Journal  

“Watkins leaves us practically breathless.”         – Vogue

“Daring and remarkably assured…provocative.”         – The New York Times

“Among literati he is already a legend.”          – Esquire

“Eastland’s weaving of fact and fiction is brilliantly achieved.  Pekkala makes an unusual, captivating hero.”           
London Times

“Excellent…Evocative of Hemingway …Watkins is a writer of formidable gifts.”       – Washington Post Book World
“Pekkala’s a compelling character for this thriller series that combines the literary sensibilities of Paul Watkins with the storytelling of Sam Eastland.”              – Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
“[a] suspense-driven, beautifully written, heart-stopping, breathless thriller of World War II…It will keep you guessing throughout.”        – Providence Journal

“Fans of this gripping series of literary thrillers will be glued to their chairs until the final pages."                  –  Booklist

“Highly imaginative…History mixes with fiction in an exciting story.”          USA Today



December 15, 2015
Fiction – Suspense - Thrillers
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The Puzzler Murders

James P. Carse

PhDeath is a fast-paced thriller set in a major university in a major city on a square. The faculty finds itself in deadly intellectual combat with the anonymous Puzzler. Along with teams of US Military Intelligence and the city’s top detective and aided by the Puzzle Master of The New York Times, their collective brains are no match for the Puzzler’s perverse talents.

Carse, Emeritus Professor himself at a premier university—in a major city on a square—shows no mercy in his creation of the seemingly omniscient Puzzler, who through a sequence of atrocities beginning and ending with the academic year, turns up one hidden pocket of moral rot after another: flawed research, unabashed venality, ideological rigidity, pornographic obsessions, undue political and corporate influence, subtle schemes of blackmail, the penetration of national and foreign intelligence agencies, brazen violation of copyrights, even the production and sale of addictive drugs.


Praise for books by James Carse:

“James Carse reveals that we don’t have to go to India to have a mystical experience, and transcendence can and does occur in our own backyard. His fresh new book shows us how."  – Dan Wakefield
 “Beguilingly beautiful, hauntingly evocative, and serenely successful.”
              – John Dominic Crosson, author of The Historical Jesus
“Once in a while a book comes along that adds a new pattern of knowledge to existing facts. The result is striking. Old dull things you’ve known for years suddenly stand up in a whole new dimension.”
      – Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

“Carse is a kind of agile provocateur, eager to prise us out of our set positions, to get us thinking . . .He contrives to make the thrashing out of essential issues both urgent and enjoyable.”
– Pico Iyer, The New York Review of Books
"The engaging and insightful stories explain why Carse has gained an almost cult-like following at NYU and beyond.”
Publishers Weekly

James P. Carse is Professor Emeritus of history and literature of religion at New York University.  Director of the Religious Studies and winner of the University’s Great Teacher Award, he is the author of six previous books  and lives in New York and Massachusetts.


March 29, 2016
Fiction/Suspense/ Mystery/Puzzles
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From Auditions to Agents to a Career

Philip Carlson

"Required reading for every acting student in search of a meaningful career.
Count on Philip Carlson to light your path."

– J. Michael Miller, Co-Founder, Tisch School of the Arts, The Actors Center


PHILIP CARLSON was the first agent to sign Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrien Grenier and Paul Giamatti. He has represented Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and W.H. Macy among many and gifted others.   He shares his practical trade secrets in this extraordinarily comprehensive guide on how to get into show business.  Topics include: THE SCHOOLS • THE BUSINESS • SHOWCASES • CASTING DIRECTORS • AGENTS • AUDITIONS  • WHICH COAST? • PRODUCERS • STAYING REAL • NEGOTIATING 101 • WHERE DO I FIT? • MOVIES • TV: WHERE THE REAL MONEY IS (THESE DAYS)


His clients rave:

"He saw more in me than I saw in myself."          – Kyra Sedgwick

"A great and resonant canyon of thanks to Philip Carlson for his invaluable work with a generation of young talent—including me."     – Billy Crudup

"Philip Carlson is one of the wisest people on the subject of building a career that will last. Luck didn't have him representing New York's top character actors; wisdom, intelligence, patience and loyalty did. He was, and is, as good as it gets.”                              – Tim Blake Nelson

"Philip Carlson was my 'Guide in shining armor!' Smart, honest and hardworking, this book is his thinking and experience on a shelf."      – Idris Elba

"I was so fortunate to have found Philip when I did. I can't imagine a better introduction to the world of acting and the business of getting there."                     – Liev Schreiber

After making his living as a working actor, Philip Carlson turned for the next thirty-two years to the art of discovering and representing young talent for the stage and screen. He created the legit department at Curtis Brown. He teaches The Business of Showbusiness at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He lives in Manhattan.


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January 12, 2016
Performing Arts / Acting & Auditioning
An Opus Trade Paperback Original • $19.99  
224 pages • 5.5 x 8.5 • World
ISBN:  978-162316-078-4  • HL00147019

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The Illustrated Screenplay

Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and the sweetest confection of a love affair - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

With sparkling dialogue, arresting visuals, vibrant charm and a slowly building melancholy, The Grand Budapest Hotel is both sophisticated comedy and historical pastiche, the portrait of a hero (of sorts) in a dazzling but vanishing world.

Inspired in part by the writings of Stefan Zweig.


Wes Anderson is an acclaimed American film director, producer and writer. His other films include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom, and the animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: Screenplay by Wes Anderson. Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness. Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson. Producers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. Fox Searchlight Pictures.


"Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era." – Variety



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ISBN: 978-1-62316-051-7 * 50 stills and drawings

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An Inspector Pekkala Novel of Suspense

Sam Eastland

“Fans of this gripping series of literary thrillers will be glued to their chairs until the final pages. A real corker."       – Booklist

“The distinguished author has nailed another successful Emerald Eye saga, intricately weaving true details from the pages of history with the fantastic exploits of Pekkala and Kirov. Writing with innate literary grace, he gives this series an air of swashbuckling romance with many glints of depraved humanity.”      – Library Journal

"Eastland's engrossing Pekkala novel delivers a surprise ending driven by grievances from the past, brutal betrayals, and the power of friendship.”       
– Publishers Weekly

 "A complex and atmospheric thriller in a standout historical series.  Eastland depicts his fictional Stalin as more than a James Bond villain, painting him as a conflicted, lonely tyrant whose retribution against slights both real and imagined makes him a very dangerous opponent.”  – Kirkus Reviews  


80 years before Edward Snowden seeks asylum in Putin's Russia, an American autoworker, disillusioned with the stubborn, stagnant inequality in America, moves his family to Russia. His letters home are glowing arias about Stalin's New Man in Soviet Paradise. Then, suddenly, the letters stop.

 The world of Soviet espionage is shaken with the shocking disappearance of Stalin's invincible Inspector Pekkala whose charred remains are reported from the frontlines.  But Stalin refuses to accept the indomitable Pekkala demise and dispatches Pekkala's assistant, Kirov deep into the wild forests of Western Russia, to follow a wilderness trail of clues, each one leading to a more tortured turn of fate. A new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Meanwhile, Pekkala's Nemesis is closing in for the kill.

Sam Eastland is the nom de plume of novelist and memoirist Paul Watkins when he writes the Inspector Pekkala  detective novels set in Stalinist Russia.  The first two Pekkala thrillers, Eye of the Red Tsar and Shadow Pass, have been translated into 17 languages. OPUS relaunches the Eastland series with this new novel.

Watkins is the son of Welsh parents and the grandson of a London Metropolitan Police Investigator who served in Scotland Yard's famous "Ghost Squad" during the 1940s. He was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College and Yale University.  He has written for The London Times, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times and The Observer. He resides in New Jersey. 



“Among literati he is already a legend.”  — Michael Hirschorn, Esquire

“Watkins leaves us practically breathless.” — Vogue

“Daring and remarkably assured…provocative..."  — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Highly imaginative . . . History mixes with fiction in an exciting story."  – USA Today

"What elevates this Russian period thrilleris its mad, brilliant hero." – KirkusStarred Review

"Gripping and memorable. . .Fans of Russian thrillers (such as Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park) will want this."     – Library Journal 

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336 pages • 6 x 9 

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Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles

Edited with an Introduction by Eugene B. Bergmann
Foreword by Keith Olbermann

In the first volume of fresh Shepherd tales in 25 years, the great American humorist immortalizes the men who never tasted combat except the occasional fistfight on poker night -- the soldiers on the home front. 

Jean Shepherd, the great American humorist, radio raconteur, master storyteller, creator of the movie classic A Christmas Story, and bestselling author, has left his indelible imprint on American culture.

His quirky individuality was portrayed for posterity by Jason Robards in the play and film A Thousand Clowns, written by Shep's close pal Herb Gardner. Jack Nicholson embodied a Shepherdlike late night radio talker in The King of Marvin Gardens, while in Network, by Paddy Chayefsky (another of Shep's comic cohorts), the television newscaster beseeches his listeners to open their windows and yell, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this any more," an unmistakable echo of Shepherd's radio habit of "hurling an invective" out into the nation's airwaves. 

Tens of thousands of intensely enthusiastic fans stayed up past their bedtimes with transistor radios stashed under their pillows to follow “Shep” in his always unpredictable, extemporaneous verbal forays into current events and social mores, his idle thoughts and his captivating tales.

This delightfully entertaining collection of Jean Shepherd army stories, assembled and transcribed by Shepherd biographer Eugene Bergmann, and in print for the first time, vividly captures the wit and humor of the storytelling grand master as though he were once again crooning into his WOR mike to his thousands of spellbound late-night listeners.

Eugene B. Bergmann, author of the landmark Shepherd biography, Excelsior, You Fathead!, was Senior Exhibit Designer at New York’s Amer­ican Museum of Natural His­tory, where, working with curators including Margaret Mead, he designed scores of exhibits such as the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples, the Hall of South American Peoples, and the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians. He resides on Long Island. 


“Excelsior! What a treat to have so many of Jean Shepherd’s war stories consolidated into one volume. Through Shep’s Army comes a revelatory picture of the real ‘inglorious bastards’ -- regular guys inexorably marching on an exercise wheel to nowhere. I would love to see Brad Pitt play Shep in that movie!”  --Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister

“He really formed my entire comedic sensibility. I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd.” —JERRY SEINFELD

“Shepherd had the best influence on my sensibility. He helped me pursue that sense of being different, being an individual. He actually made me feel I wasn’t alone.” —Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate

“I don’t think any sense of humor is funny. Rarely. Jean Shepherd is funny.”—Andy Kaufman 


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  • Excelsior, You Fathead!, by Eugene B. Bergmann— ISBN: 978-1-55783-600-7


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This behemoth of script and storyboards indelibly seals the dark, mythic expanse of the cinematic Batman for all time.


Christopher Nolan
The Complete Screenplays
With Selected Storyboards

  • Symposium featuring the three screen­writers—Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer discuss the evolution of Batman and the creation of the films



A confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought through (but never self-serious) aesthetic point of view that announces, from the get-go, someone who knows what he’s doing is running the show, and he’s modestly unafraid to do something new.­” —Entertainment Weekly



“The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination.” —Rolling Stone

“The Dark Knight packs a wallop that hurts at every turn; I frankly can’t remember the last time I became so emotionally invested in a comic-book movie. Maybe never.” —Houston Chronicle

The Dark Knight Rises

“For once a melodrama with pulp origins convinces viewers that it can be the modern equivalent to Greek myths or a Jonathan Swift satire. TDKR is that big, that bitter—a film of grand ambitions and epic achievement. It may not top The Avengers at the worldwide box office, but it is a far, far better thing—maybe the best, most troubling, assured and enthralling of all the superhero movies. —Time

“Nolan’s a Wagner for the multiplex, fashioning his operatic eccentricities on the grandest possible scale…Nolan’s Batman trilogy represents a darkening vision that, with this film, earns its weight. It’s the genre’s “Twilight of the Gods.” —Boston Globe

Christopher Nolan, writer and director, resides in Los Angeles.  

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