The epic story of a publishing giant
In 1817 four young brothers opened a printing shop in downtown Manhattan. Two centuries later, their small enterprise has grown into one of the world's largest and most successful publishing houses.
The Harper brothers and their sons and successors created a grand cultural institution that has become a cornerstone of America's literary heritage.
Eugene Exman's classic history, published in 1967, The House of Harper is the fascinating account of the birth and growth of a magnificent literary empire. Richly detailed, it is filled with portraits of dynamic publishers and editors, with remarkable anecdotes about the legendary artists and authors whose works they championed and brought to the general public--Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Winslow Homer, Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Thomas Wolfe, and Aldous Huxley, to name but a few.
More than the enthralling saga of a successful business venture, it is a story of the shaping of American literature and culture.
About the Author
Eugene Exman was editor-manager of Harper's religious book department. He was made a member of the firm's board of directors in 1944, a vice president in 1955, and retired in 1965 after thirty-five years with the company. Exman is also the author of The Brothers Harper and wrote the text for the photography book The World of Albert Schweitzer.
|Publishing in the Nineteenth Century|
|Early Years (1817-29)||p. 3|
|"These Everlasting Harpers" (1830-39)||p. 10|
|From Poverty to Riches (1840-49)||p. 24|
|The New Start on Franklin Square (1850-59)||p. 37|
|International Copyright||p. 48|
|Publishing English Fiction||p. 54|
|Harper's New Monthly Magazine (1850-1900)||p. 69|
|Harper's Weekly (1857-1900)||p. 80|
|The Civil War and Post-Bellum Years (1860-69)||p. 94|
|Charles Parsons and His School of Artists||p. 102|
|Harper's Bazar (1867-1913)||p. 121|
|"The Old Order Changeth" (1870-79)||p. 127|
|Harper's Young People (1879-99)||p. 139|
|Top of the Mountain (1880-89)||p. 142|
|William Dean Howells and Mark Twain||p. 153|
|The Harper London Office (1834-1900)||p. 159|
|Harper Textbooks in the Nineteenth Century||p. 163|
|The Tragic End of a Long Story (1890-99)||p. 171|
|Publishing in the Twentieth Century|
|The Harvey Regime (1900-1915)||p. 187|
|Publishing Between Two World Wars (1916-44)||p. 209|
|Harper's Magazine (1900-1967)||p. 250|
|Years of Expansion (1945-67)||p. 260|
|Acknowledgments and Credits||p. 303|
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Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 9th March 2010
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 22.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.376