The Little Publisher That Could
Sometime in the mid-1980s, Naveen Kishore, publisher at Seagull Books, found himself in a quandary. Seagull had just landed a major coup—the rights for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1,100-page autobiography. Eisenstein’s student, film historian Jay Leyda, had recommended his protégé Alan Upchurch as translator. Kishore had agreed to pay Upchurch 5,000 dollars.