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Black Sun Press was an English language book publisher founded in 1927 as Éditions Narcisse by poet Harry Crosby and his wife Caresse Crosby (born Mary Phelps Jacob), who at the time were expatriates living in Paris. They changed the name to Black Sun Press the following year.

Originally established by the Crosbys with the intention of publishing their own writings in small editions of finely-made, hard-bound volumes, the Black Sun Press evolved into one of the most important small presses in Paris in the 1920s. The Crosbys would publish a number of eminent 20th century authors, including D. H. Lawrence and James Joyce, both of whom were friends of Crosbys. Additional authors published by the Black Sun Press include Kay Boyle (her first book), Hart Crane (the true first edition of his landmark book-length poem "The Bridge", replete with three tipped-in photographs by Walker Evans), Ezra Pound, Archibald MacLeish, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene Jolas and Oscar Wilde.

Harry occasionally spent time with one of their authors, Ernest Hemingway, and in July 1927, they visited Pamplona for the running of the bulls. Harry often drank to excess when with Hemingway.[1]:182 The Black Sun Press first published The Escaped Cock by D. H. Lawrence as a limited edition in September 1929. Lawrence later wrote the introduction to Harry Crosby's volume of poetry, Chariot of the Sun.[2] The Black Sun Press also published the poetry of Archibald MacLeish, who had like Harry overturned the normal expectations of society, rejecting a career as a lawyer with one of Boston's best law firms and lecturing at Harvard. Harry offered to publish MacLeish's long poem Einstein in a deluxe edition, and paid MacLeish USD$200 for his work. They printed 150 copies which were quickly sold.[1]:183 They also published early works by newly emerging writers including D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Kay Boyle, and Hart Crane.[3]




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