The death has been announced of John O'Brien, founder of Dalkey Archive Press, who published authors including Flann O'Brien, Anne Carson, Gertrude Stein and Carlos Fuentes.

Dalkey Archive Press, named after the Flann O'Brien novel was founded with the intention of recovering works that had fallen out of print and making them available forever. It also published the Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Context magazine. The current offices of the publisher are in Illinois, Dublin and London.

Dalkey Archive Press published 1000 works of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and scholarly works, and its authors included Gilbert Sorrentino, Flann O'Brien, Svetlana Alexievich, Arno Schmidt, Ishmael Reed, David Markson, Anne Carson, Nicholas Mosley, Stanley Elkin, Carlos Fuentes, Danilo Kiš, Carole Maso, Gerald Murnane, Jon Fosse, Gertude Stein, Édouard Levé, Marguerite Young, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and many more.

O'Brien himself was awarded the Sandrof lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics' Circle in 2011, and in 2015 was appointed Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts & des Lettres in recognition of his significant contribution to French arts and literature by the Minister of Culture and Communication of France.

Before his death, the Dalkey Archive board agreed to merge with Deep Vellum Publishing so its backlist will be kept in print.

John O'Brien, who was Irish American died on November 21st at the age of 75.