Marion Ursula Boyars, née Asmus (26 October 1927 – 1 February 1999), was a British book publisher who in 1975 founded her own imprint, Marion Boyars Publishers.
26 October 1927
New York City, US
|Died||1 February 1999 (aged 71)|
|Occupation||Publisher, founder of Marion Boyars Publishers|
|Spouse(s)||George Lobbenberg (divorced); Arthur Boyars|
She was born Marion Asmus in New York, United States, daughter of German publisher Johannes Asmus. She attended school in New York and Switzerland, living with her mother and sister, before going on to Keele University to read for a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. After graduating, she married George Lobbenberg and had two daughters. The marriage ended in divorce, and in the 1960s she was married for a second time to poet and translator Arthur Boyars.
In 1960 she answered an advertisement in The Bookseller that led to her buying a 50 per cent stake in the small independent publishing company run by John Calder in London. The resultant publishing house, Calder and Boyars, published books by authors including Samuel Beckett, Marguerite Duras, Henry Miller, Eugene Ionesco and William S. Burroughs, until the firm split in 1975. She then formed Marion Boyars Publishers, and working with her husband Arthur (described as her "literary guide and cheerleader") built up an eclectic list of translated fiction (including by such authors as Julio Cortázar, Latife Tekin, Vasily Shukshin and Witold Gombrowicz), as well as books on music and cinema.
- Peter Owen, "Marion Boyars obituary", The Guardian, 2 February 1999.
- Sarah Lyall, "Marion Boyars, Publisher Of Eclectic Books, Dies at 71", The New York Times, 4 February 1999.
- Nicholas Jacobs, "Arthur Boyars, gifted poet and publisher with a passion for music", The Independent, 14 August 2017.
- "About Marion Boyars Publishers".
- Robin Buss, "Champion of the avant-garde", The Independent, 7 February 1999.
- "About Marion & Arthur Boyars", Marion Boyars Publishers. Retrieved 7 December 2020.