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18 June 2019

John Calder

16 August 2018

The renowned publisher and co-founder of the Traverse Theatre died in Edinburgh on 13 August 2018 at the age of 91.

Born in Canada in 1927 to a Scottish mother and Canadian father, he studied in Switzerland and worked in London and Paris as well as Edinburgh.

He was an opponent of censorship, and a fearless champion and publisher of ground-breaking writers such as Samuel Beckett, William S Burroughs, Marguerite Duras. The publishing company he set up in 1949 - Calder Publications - is now part of Alma Books.

He was one of the people behind the Writers' Conference at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1962 with some of greatest writers of the day including Muriel Spark, Hugh MacDiarmid, William Burroughs, Norman Mailer and Henry Miller.

In 1963 he was one of the co-founders of the Traverse Theatre.

Read more in the following obituaries:

Remembering John Calder: Edinburgh International Book Festival website 15 August 2018 

'Towering' opponent of censorship John Calder dies aged 91: The Bookseller 15 August 2018 (Heloise Wood)

Obituary - John Calder, ground-breaking publisher, co-founder of the Traverse and leading figure at the Edinburgh festival: The Herald 15 August 2018 (Alasdair Steven)

Tributes paid to 'visionary' theatre founder John Calder: The Scotsman 16 August 2018 (Martyn McLaughln)

John Calder: The Times 16 August 2018 

Publisher John Calder, champion of edgy authors, dies at 91: The Washington Post 15 August 2018 (Jill Lawless)