The House of Holt, 1866-1946: An Editorial History (Hardback)
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The House of Holt, 1866-1946: An Editorial History (Hardback)

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Hardback 278 Pages / Published: 01/06/1993
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From scholars to novelists to poets, the publishing firm of Henry Holt & Co. established and maintained a distinguished tradition of identifying, nurturing, and publishing important thinkers and writers of the day early in their careers. This book examines the founding and growth of Holt & Co. with particular attention to this tradition and to the roles of key figures in the company's history as a trade book publisher. Part One is a chronological account of Holt & Co.'s development, beginning with its founding in 1866 by the man sometimes referred to as "the Dean of American publishing," Henry Holt, and ending in 1946, when the talented editor William Sloane left Holt & Co. and a new era, dominated by big business interests, began for the firm. Part Two offers a more detailed look at the ways in which Henry Holt, Alfred Harcourt, Lincoln MacVeagh, and William Sloane worked with particular authors, including Frost, William James, Hardy, Henry Adams, Dewey, Turgenev, Sandburg, Lewis, and Lippmann. Gilbert also discusses Untermeyer, BenD,et, Housman, de la Mare, Van Doren, and Ciardi, notable examples of Holt & Co.'s reputation as an important publisher of poets. The tension between commercial interests and literary ideals in publishing, decried by Henry Holt nearly ninety years ago and disdained by William Sloane over forty years ago, remains very much a part of the publishing scene today. Based on the wide use of primary sources, this volume provides an instructive, in-depth look at an important American publishing house.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810826939
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 222 x 146 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...would appeal to readers interested in Holt & Co., [or] in the history of American publishing in general...recommended for...academic libraries....... * Epilogue *
...for anyone with an eye on the way in which publisher's archives might be exploited, it is a book that ought to be to hand. * The Book Collector *
As a result of her diligence, even casual readers without a particular focus on this period will find much to excite their interest and curiosity. * Publishing Research Quarterly *
This study brings to the reader a sense of immediacy, as well as the personal insights which can come from the use of primary sources...avoids the pedantry of much of such research, and is quite readable and often entertaining...would appeal to readers interested in Holt & Co., in the history of American publishing in general, or in the several authors included in the coverage...... * Epilogue *
...welcome...adds another milestone to the history of American publishihg...lively account...splendid volume... * Francesco Cordasco, Ab Bookman's Weekly *
...would appeal to readers interested in Holt & Co., [or] in the history of American publishing in general...recommended for...academic libraries... * Epilogue *
This study brings to the reader a sense of immediacy, as well as the personal insights which can come from the use of primary sources...avoids the pedantry of much of such research, and is quite readable and often entertaining...would appeal to readers interested in Holt & Co., in the history of American publishing in general, or in the several authors included in the coverage... * Epilogue *

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