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The House of Harper : The Making of a Modern Publisher - Eugene Exman

The House of Harper

The Making of a Modern Publisher

By: Eugene Exman, Jennifer B Lee (Introduction by)


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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.

Introductionp. vii
Forewordp. xxiii
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 Copyrightp. 48
Publishing English Fictionp. 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 Artistsp. 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 Twainp. 153
The Harper London Office (1834-1900)p. 159
Harper Textbooks in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 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 Creditsp. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780061936661
ISBN-10: 0061936669
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 9th March 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 22.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.376