The Overlook Press

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

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

History and operations

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

A general-interest publisher, Overlook has over one thousand titles in print, including fiction, history, biography, drama, and design. Overlook's 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]

After Mayer's death in 2018, The Overlook Press was sold to Abrams Books.[3]


Writers whose works were published by Overlook include:

See also


  1. 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.
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