Strange Bird: The Albatross Press And The Third Reich by Michele K. TroyStrange Bird: The Albatross Press And The Third Reich by Michele K. Troy

Strange Bird: The Albatross Press And The Third Reich

byMichele K. Troy

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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The first book about the Albatross Press, a Penguin precursor that entered into an uneasy relationship with the Nazi regime to keep Anglo-American literature alive under fascism

The Albatross Press was, from its beginnings in 1932, a “strange bird”: a cultural outsider to the Third Reich but an economic insider. It was funded by British-Jewish interests. Its director was rumored to work for British intelligence. A precursor to Penguin, it distributed both middlebrow fiction and works by edgier modernist authors such as D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway to eager continental readers. Yet Albatross printed and sold its paperbacks in English from the heart of Hitler’s Reich.

In her original and skillfully researched history, Michele K. Troy reveals how the Nazi regime tolerated Albatross—for both economic and propaganda gains—and how Albatross exploited its insider position to keep Anglo-American books alive under fascism. In so doing, Troy exposes the contradictions in Nazi censorship while offering an engaging detective story, a history, a nuanced analysis of men and motives, and a cautionary tale.

About The Author

Michele K. Troy is professor of English at Hillyer College at the University of Hartford. She studies Anglo-American literary modernism in continental Europe in the decades between the two world wars.
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Title:Strange Bird: The Albatross Press And The Third ReichFormat:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.12 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300215681

ISBN - 13:9780300215687

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“Beautifully written, more like a novel in places, but the story the author has uncovered is almost too implausible for the plot of the novel . . . This is part history, part biography, part novel, part academic treatise, part detective story, part bibliographical research, but above all it’s a thoroughly enjoyable read.”—Paperback Revolution