Farrar, Straus and Giroux is an American book publishing company, founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, Jr. and John Farrar. Known primarily as Farrar, Straus in its first decade of existence, the company was renamed several times, including Farrar, Straus and Young and Farrar, Straus and Cudahy and finally to its current name in 1964, after hiring Robert Giroux from rival Harcourt, Brace, who brought with him such important writers as T. S. Eliot and Flannery O'Connor. Straus continued to run the company for twenty years after his partner Farrar died, until 1993 when he sold a majority interest of the company to the privately owned German publishing conglomerate Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Nevertheless, FSG is considered one of the last of the old-fashioned literary publishers and is widely celebrated for its renowned lines of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and children's literature.
Its current editor-in-chief is Jonathan Galassi.
- Faber and Faber Inc. publishes a decorated backlist of drama and books on the arts, entertainment, music, pop culture, cultural criticism, and the media. Its authors include David Auburn, Margaret Edson, Doug Wright, Richard Greenberg, Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Neil LaBute, Peter Conrad, and Courtney Love.
- Hill and Wang publishes books of academic interest and specializes in history. Its authors include Roland Barthes, William Cronon, Langston Hughes, and Elie Wiesel.
- Sarah Crichton Books publishes books with a slightly commercial bent. The imprint launched with Cathleen Falsani's The God Factor in 2006. Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was a bestseller and Starbucks book club pick in 2007.
- North Point Press publishes literary nonfiction with an emphasis on natural history, travel, ecology, music, food, and cultural criticism. Its authors include Peter Matthiessen, Beryl Markham, A. J. Liebling, Margaret Visser, Wendell Berry, and M. F. K. Fisher.
Books for Young Readers
FSG Books for Young Readers publishes National Book Award
winners Madeleine L'Engle
(1980), William Steig
(1983), Louis Sachar
(1998), and Polly Horvath
(2003). Books for Young Readers also publishes Natalie Babbitt
, Roald Dahl
, Jack Gantos
, George Selden
, Uri Shulevitz
, and Peter Sis
Other authors published by FSG