Friday, April 19, 2024

Sarah Jessica Parker Working for Virginia Woolf? New York Times, Hollywood Reporter Think So


Sarah Jessica Parker is going to edit four novels a year for the Hogarth Press. This was announced yesterday by The New York Times, so it must be true. The Hollywood Reporter, loathe to pick up a phone or Google anything it can just aggregate, ran a big story on it as if it was their own.

The Times reports: “Hogarth, the publishing house founded in 1917 by Virginia and Leonard Woolf, is mounting SJP for Hogarth, where, as editorial director, Parker will help to find, edit and publish three or four new novels a year.”

Yeah, but you know what? That Hogarth Press has not been in business since 1946. Started in 1917 by Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard (you know them from “The Hours”) the company sputtered out in ’46 although the name survived until 1969. And then it was over, completely.

So what is this Hogarth Press? Why, it’s an imprint of Penguin Random House. Penguin and Random House used to be different companies until they were forced into a shotgun marriage three years ago. They have a UK imprint called Chatto & Windus, and that imprint begat a Hogarth 2.0 in 2012. The Woolfs are long gone and have nothing to do with it, obviously. (She died in 1941, look it up.)

The Times doesn’t mention Penguin Random House or any of this. They do leave the impression that “Hogarth Press” has been a fine old institution lo these many decades. Hah! I thought it said Hogwarts Press, and it might as well have. I really like Sarah Jessica Parker, but she won’t be going to lunch with Mrs. Dalloway any time soon.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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