March 11, 2011

Vintage Books to engage in necromancy


Graham Greene, former invigilator for Night and Day.

On the 24th of this month Vintage Books is resurrecting a magazine that has been dead since 1937. Originally published by Chatto & Windus, Night and Day was very much respected in its day and famously edited by Graham Greene. The newly reanimated version will be edited by Tom Avery and Parisa Ebrahimi, editors at Chatto & Windus and Jonathan Cape. has some additional material from Vintage Books’ press release:

Night and Day will be available to read online, to print, and to download onto every electronic reading device, so be sure to visit the website to subscribe and receive, in the words of our predecessors, a ‘wealth of talent, invigilating over a mad world’, however you’d like it.

The heirs to Graham Greene’s office (which might be a little dusty by now) had this to add about the origins of the new project:

“Night and Day has been a quiet accretion of passions, created and crafted after office hours. Here was a chance to bring together our rich and illustrious histories as imprints, and the pleasure and privilege of coming across outstanding poems, cherished short stories, beautiful illustration or treasures from the archive; where new work could waltz to an old tune, and the work of writers and artists that we admire and feel passionately about could coalesce into one place.

“We also hope Night and Day encapsulates some of the mad-cap energy and spirit of our predecessor: ‘a wealth of talent, invigilating over a mad world’.”

Far be it for we here at Melville House to criticize a publisher for running an online publication, but I do have to say that is an awful lot of invigilating going on.

The page for Night and Day can be found here.

Paul Oliver is the marketing manager of Melville House. Previously he was co-owner of Wolfgang Books in Philadelphia.