Jérôme Lindon, publisher of Samuel Beckett and Beckett's literary executor, died after a long bout with cancer. He was 75. As postwar owner and publisher of Editions de Minuit he presided over the launching of post—WWII French literature, with Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute and the young writers of the nouveau roman, including the Nobel Prize winner Claude Simon. A French-firster, Lindon kept the company small with his staff never exceeding 10 people. Although it is too early to know what will happen to Minuit, it has been run in recent times by Lindon's daughter Irène. The logo began as a clandestine press under the German occupation although Lindon took it over only after the war. His father, Raymond Lindon, was one of the chief prosecutors of Nazi collaborators in the early postwar years.
Volume 248 Issue 19 05/07/2001