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The Overlook Press
The Overlook Press
Parent companyAbrams Books
Founded1971 (53 years ago) (1971)
FounderPeter Mayer
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York, New York
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsArdis, Duckworth

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

History and operations

The Overlook Press was formed in 1971 by Peter Mayer who had worked at Avon and Penguin Books, where he was chief executive officer from 1978 to 1998.[1]

Overlook has more than one thousand titles in print, including fiction, history, biography, drama, and design. Their 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]

Mayer died in 2018, and Abrams Books purchased The Overlook Press. Abrams is part of French publisher La Martinière Groupe.[3]


Writers whose works were published by Overlook include:

Robert Zorn

See also


  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.
  3. ^ "Abrams Acquires Peter Mayer's the Overlook Press". Retrieved October 14, 2018.