The passing of Peter Mayer


With heavy hearts, we announce that legendary book publisher Peter Mayer, president of The Overlook Press and Duckworth Publishers, has died at the age of 82. He passed away this morning, May 11th, from complications relating to amyloidosis. Peter died at his home in SoHo, in the company of friends and family.

Peter was a larger-than-life character, an editor of great passion and insight, as well as a deeply loving father, grandfather and friend. Over his legendary, six-decade career in book publishing—which included nineteen years spent as the CEO of Penguin Books—Peter had a profound influence on several generations of authors and publishers, a legacy that is sure to endure. But perhaps his most beloved publishing project was The Overlook Press, the independent publisher that he founded with his father, Alfred Mayer, and ran for nearly fifty years. Though he had the tough business acumen to helm multinational companies, Peter was a deeply curious and profoundly cultured man, who always had a story to share and a lesson to impart. His passing is a huge loss to the publishing industry as a whole, and we will miss him terribly.

The Overlook Press and Duckworth Publishers, May 11, 2018