Laughlin, James(1914– ) publisher; born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Drawing on his family's fortune (from the Jones and Laughlin Steel Co.), in 1936 he founded New Directions Press, which specializes in publishing quality literary works deemed unlikely to gain a mass audience; Dylan Thomas and Ezra Pound were among its authors.
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