is an American publishing house, the flagship imprint of global publisher HarperCollins
based in New York City.
J. & J. Harper (1817–1833) Eastman Johnson
's portrait of Joseph Wesley Harper, c.
1880 in New York City
and his brother John, printers by training, started their book publishing business J. & J. Harper in New York City in 1817. Their two brothers, Joseph Wesley Harper and Fletcher Harper
, joined them in the mid-1820s.
Harper & Brothers (1833–1962)
The company changed its name to "Harper & Brothers" in 1833. The headquarters of the publishing house were located at 331 Pearl Street, facing Franklin Square
in Lower Manhattan (about where the Manhattan approach to the Brooklyn Bridge
George B. M. Harvey became president of Harper's on Nov. 16, 1899.
Harper's New Monthly Magazine
ultimately became Harper's Magazine
, which is now published by the Harper's Magazine Foundation. Harper's Weekly
was absorbed by The Independent
(New York; later Boston) in 1916, which in turn merged with The Outlook
in 1928. Harper's Bazar
was sold to William Randolph Hearst
in 1913, became Harper's Bazaar
, and is now simply Bazaar
, published by the Hearst Corporation
In 1924, Cass Canfield
joined Harper & Brothers and held a variety of executive positions until his death in 1986.
In 1925, Eugene F. Saxton joined the company as an editor, and he was responsible for publishing many well-known authors, including Edna St. Vincent Millay
and Thornton Wilder
In 1935, Edward Aswell
moved to Harper & Brothers as an assistant editor of general books and eventually became editor-in-chief. Aswell persuaded Thomas Wolfe
to leave Scribner's
, and, after Wolfe's death, edited the posthumous novels The Web and the Rock
, You Can't Go Home Again
, and The Hills Beyond
1846 Harper's Illuminated Bible
HarperCollins (1990–present) Rupert Murdoch
's News Corporation
(now News Corp
) acquired Harper & Row in 1987, and William Collins, Sons
in 1990. The names of these two national publishing houses (Harper & Row in the United States and Collins in the United Kingdom) were combined (along with the Harper's torch icon and Collins' fountain icon) to create HarperCollins
The company has since expanded its international reach with further acquisitions of formerly independent publishers. The Harper imprint began being used in place of HarperCollins in 2007.
After the purchase of Harper & Row by News Corporation
, HarperCollins launched a new mass market paperback line to complement its existing trade paperback Perennial
imprint. It was known as Harper Paperbacks from 1990 to 2000, HarperTorch from 2000 to 2006, and Harper from 2007 to the present.
Authors and illustrators (selected)
- ^ "HARPER & BROS. REORGANIZE.; G.B.M. Harvey, Editor and Proprietor of The North American Review, Elected President of the Firm". The New York Times. 17 November 1899. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- ^ "CASS CANFIELD, A TITAN OF PUBLISHING, IS DEAD AT 88". The New York Times. 28 March 1986. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- ^ "The New York Times: Sunday June 27, 1943". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- ^ "The New York Times: Thursday November 6, 1958". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- ^ Mitgang, Herbert (1980-03-27). "Harper Absorbs Lippincott & Crowell". Select.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- ^ McDowell, Edwin (1988-07-14). "Harper & Row to Acquire Religious Books Publisher". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- ^ Cohen, Roger (1990-06-11). "Birth of a Global Book Giant". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
- ^ "Harper Lee, Author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Is to Publish a Second Novel". The New York Times. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- ^ "Men Who Make Pictures". The Weekly Wisconsin. 26 August 1885. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. Howard Pyle works almost exclusively for the Harpers.
- ^ Charles Dudley Warner at the Encyclopædia Britannica
- Jacob Abbott (1855), The Harper Establishment, New York: Harper & Brothers, OCLC 6798043, OL 14010983M
- Barnes, James J. "Edward Lytton Bulwer and the Publishing Firm of Harper & Brothers". American Literature (1966): 35–48. in JSTOR
- D'Amato, Martina. "'The Harper Establishment'; or, How a New York Publishing Giant Was Made".
- Exman, Eugene. The brothers Harper: a unique publishing partnership and its impact upon the cultural life of America from 1817 to 1853 (Harper & Row, 1965)
- Eugene Exman (1967), The House of Harper, New York: Harper & Row, OCLC 586430, OL 25416327M
- J. Henry Harper (1912), The House of Harper: a century of publishing in Franklin Square, New York: Harper, OL 7136715M[self-published source]
- Mellman, John A. (2017), "The Harper Torchbooks Series: A History and Personal Assessment", publishinghistory.com.
Harper & Brothers' List of Publications
, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1859, OL 7104166M
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