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Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. The company traces its history back to a bookstore founded by Ebenezer Battelle in 1784, Marlborough Street, Boston. Little and Brown, partners in the bookstore and former clerks, founded their company in 1837 (as "Charles C. Little and James Brown"), and were joined a year later by Augustus Flagg. In 1847 the firm's name was changed to Little, Brown and Company. Flagg took over as managing partner after the death of Little in 1869 (James Brown had died in 1855). “Publisher” redirects here. ... Charles Coffin Little (1799 - 1869), was a U.S. publisher. ... James Brown (1800 - 1855) was an American publisher and co-founder of Little, Brown and Company. ... A bookstore. ... 1784 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1837 - 1901) 1837 (MDCCCXXXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...

The firm initially specialized in legal treatises and imported titles. Even so, in the early years Little and Brown published William H. Prescott's Ferdinand and Isabella, Jones Very's first book of poetry (edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson), Letters of John Adams and works by James Russell Lowell and Francis Parkman. In 1853 Little, Brown began publishing the works of British poets from Chaucer to Wordsworth. There were ninety-six volumes published in the series in five years. William Hickling Prescott (May 4, 1796 - January 29, 1859) was a historian. ... Jones Very (1813 - 1880) was an essayist, trancendentalist, tutor in Greek at Harvard, and, after he proclaimed himself the second coming of Christ, a resident at McLean’s Asylum. ... Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century. ... For other persons named John Adams, see John Adams (disambiguation). ... James Russell Lowell (b. ... Francis Parkman Francis Parkman (September 16, 1823 – November 8, 1893) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts. ... Geoffrey Chaucer (c. ... William Wordsworth (April 7, 1770 – April 23, 1850) was a major English romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their 1798 joint publication, Lyrical Ballads. ...

In 1859 John Bartlett became a partner in the firm. He held the rights to his Familiar Quotations, and Little, Brown published the 15th edition of the work in 1980, 125 years after its first publication. John Bartlett (June 14, 1820-December 3, 1905) was an American writer and publisher whose best known work, Bartletts Familiar Quotations has been continually revised and reissued for a century after his death. ... Bartletts Familiar Quotations, often simply called Bartletts, is an American reference work that is the longest-lived and most widely distributed collection of quotations. ...

John Murray Brown, James Brown's son, took over when Augustus Flagg retired in 1884. In the 1890s Little, Brown expanded into general publishing, including fiction. In 1896 it published Quo Vadis. In 1898 Little, Brown purchased a list of titles from the Roberts Brothers firm. This brought Edward Everett Hale, Helen Hunt Jackson and Louisa May Alcott into association with the firm. Quo Vadis is a novel by a Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz, describing the introduction of Christianity into early A.D. Rome (while under Neros rule). ... Statue of Edward Everett Hale in Boston Public Garden, by Bela Pratt. ... Helen Maria Hunt Jackson (October 18, 1831-August 12, 1885) was an American writer. ... Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist. ...

John Murray Brown died in 1908 and James W. McIntyre became managing partner. When McIntyre died in 1913, Little, Brown incorporated. In 1925 Little, Brown entered into an agreement to publish all Atlantic Monthly books. This arrangement lasted until 1985. During this time the joint Atlantic Monthly Press/Little Brown imprint published James Truslow Adams's The Adams Family, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall's Mutiny on the Bounty and its sequels, James Hilton's Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Walter D. Edmonds's Drums Along the Mohawk, William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, and Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine. The Atlantic Monthly (also known as The Atlantic) is an American literary/cultural magazine that was founded in November 1857. ... James Truslow Adams (1878 - 1949) was a U.S. historian. ... Charles Bernard Nordhoff (1887 - 1947) was a U.S. (English-born) novelist and traveler. ... James Norman Hall (April 22, 1887 - July 5, 1951) was a U.S. author. ... Mutiny on the Bounty is the title of the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, based on the mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh, commanding officer of HMAV Bounty in 1789. ... James Hilton (September 9, 1900 - December 20, 1954) was a popular English novelist of the first half of the 20th century. ... Goodbye, Mr. ... Walter Wat Dumaux Edmonds (July 15, 1903 - January 24, 1998) was an American author noted for his historical novels, including the popular Drums Along the Mohawk of 1936 which was later made into a movie. ... Drums Along the Mohawk is an historical novel of the American Revolution written by Walter D. Edmonds. ... William Least Heat-Moon (born William Trogdon in Kansas City, Missouri in 1940) is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage Nation ancestry. ... Blue Highways is an autobiographical book by William Least Heat-Moon, the pen name of William Trogdon. ... Tracy Kidder (born November 12, 1945 in New York City) is an American author of multiple books. ... The Soul of a New Machine is a non-fiction book, written by Tracy Kidder. ...

Other prominent authors published by Little, Brown in the 20th and early 21st centuries have included Donald Barthelme, Catherine Drinker Bowen, Hortense Calisher, Bruce Catton, A. J. Cronin, Peter De Vries, J. Frank Dobie, Sarah Dunant, John Feinstein, C. S. Forester, John Fowles, Malcolm Gladwell, Pete Hamill, Lillian Hellman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Kissinger, Elizabeth Kostova, Norman Mailer, William Manchester, Nelson Mandela, John P. Marquand, Masters and Johnson, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Moody, Ogden Nash, Edwin O'Connor, Erich Maria Remarque, J. D. Salinger, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, George Stephanopoulos, Gore Vidal, Bob Vila, David Foster Wallace, Evelyn Waugh, P. G. Wodehouse and Herman Wouk. Little, Brown also published the photography of Ansel Adams. Donald Barthelme (April 7, 1931 - July 23, 1989) was an American author of short fiction and novels. ... Catherine Drinker Bowen, born January 1, 1897 in Haverford, PA, was an American biographer. ... Hortense Calisher (born New York City December 20, 1911) is an American writer of fiction. ... Bruce Catton (October 9, 1899 — August 28, 1978) was a journalist and a notable historian of the American Civil War. ... Archibald Joseph Cronin (July 19, 1896–January 6, 1981) was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and nonfiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. ... Peter De Vries (February 27, 1910 - September 28, 1993) was an American editor and comic novelist known for his satiric wit. ... James Frank Dobie (September 26, 1888–September 18, 1964) was an American folklorist, writer, and newspaper columnist best known for many books depicting the richness and traditions of life in rural Texas during the days of the open range. ... Sarah Dunant is the author of many international bestsellers, most recently The Birth of Venus and In the company of the courtesan. ... John Feinstein is an American sportswriter and commentator. ... The cover of the 1974 paperback edition of one of Foresters non-fiction titles: Hunting The Bismarck Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (August 27, 1899 – April 2, 1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure with military themes. ... John Robert Fowles John Robert Fowles (March 31, 1926 – November 5, 2005) was an English novelist and essayist. ... Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell (born September 1, 1963) is a United Kingdom-born, Canadian-raised journalist now based in New York City who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. ... Pete Hamill Pete Hamill (born June 24, 1935) is a prominent American journalist, novelist, and short story writer. ... Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was a successful American playwright, linked throughout her life with many left-wing causes. ... Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... Elizabeth Johnson Kostova (born December 26, 1964) is an American author. ... Norman Mailer, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1948 Norman Kingsley Mailer (born January 31, 1923) is an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. ... This Article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (IPA: ) (born 18 July 1918) is the former President of South Africa, and the first to be elected in fully representative democratic elections. ... John Phillips Marquand (November 10, 1893 - July 16, 1960 ) was a 20th-century American novelist. ... Time magazine, May 25, 1970 The Masters and Johnson research team, made up of William Masters and Virginia E. Johnson, pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions from 1957 until the 1990s. ... Stephenie Meyer (born December 24, 1973) is the author of the book Twilight and its sequels New Moon and Eclipse. ... Rick Moody (born Hiram Frederick Moody III October 18, 1961 in New York City), is an American novelist and short story writer best known for The Ice Storm (1994), a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973. ... Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet best known for writing pithy and funny light verse. ... Edwin OConnor (1918 - 1968) was an American journalist and novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1962 for The Edge of Sadness (1961). ... Erich Maria Remarque (June 22, 1898 – September 25, 1970) was the pseudonym of Erich Paul Remark, a German author. ... Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature; he has not published any new work since 1965 and has not granted a formal interview since 1980. ... Alice Seebold (b. ... Sedaris in 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925) (pronounced , occasionally , , etc) is an American author of novels, stage plays, screenplays, and essays. ... Robert J. Bob Vila (born June 20, 1946) is an American home improvement television show host known for This Old House (1979–1989), Bob Vilas Home Again (1990–2005) and Bob Vila (2005– ). // Vila, a Cuban American native of Miami, Florida, received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism... David Foster Wallace (born February 21, 1962) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Pelham Grenville Wodehouse KBE (October 15, 1881 – February 14, 1975) (IPA: ) was an English comic writer who has enjoyed enormous popular success for more than seventy years. ... Herman Wouk (May 27, 1915 —) is a bestselling American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. ... Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West. ...

The imprint was purchased by Time Inc. in 1968, and was made part of the Time Warner Book Group when Time merged with Warner Communications to form Time Warner in 1989. In 2006, the Time Warner Book Group was sold to French publisher Hachette Livre; the Little, Brown imprint is now used by Hachette Livre's U.S. publishing company, Hachette Book Group USA. Time Inc. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Time Warner Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hachette Book Group USA (HBG) is a publishing company owned by Hachette Livre, the largest publishing company in France. ...

In May 2006, the publishing company received some brief bad publicity over plagiarism allegations levied against Kaavya Viswanathan for her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. For other uses, see Plagiarism (disambiguation). ... Kaavya Viswanathan (born January 16, 1987) is an Indian-American undergraduate student at Harvard College. ...


  • Oliver, Bill (1986) Little, Brown and Company, in Peter Dzwonkonski, Ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography - Volume Forty-nine - American Literary Publishing Houses, 1638 - 1899 Part 1: A-M. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company. ISBN 0-8103-1727-3

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Little, Brown and Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (689 words)
Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown.
The company traces its history back to a bookstore founded by Ebenezer Battelle in 1784, on the former Marlborough Street, Boston.
Little and Brown, partners in the bookstore and former clerks, founded their company in 1837 (as Charles C. Little and James Brown), and were joined a year later by Augustus Flagg, who took over as managing partner after the death of Little in 1869 (James Brown had died in 1855).
Local Editions: Celebration of Women Writers (3147 words)
Translated from the Swedish by Velma Swanston Howard; Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1910.
Translated from the Swedish by Pauline Bancroft Flach; Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1915.
London: Longman, Brown, Green And Longmans, 1855 ; Facsimile reprint in "The Selected Writings of Caroline Norton", with an introduction and notes by James O. Hoge and Jane Marcus, Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, Delmar, New York, 1978.
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