André Deutsch

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André Deutsch CBE (15 November 1917 in Budapest – 11 April 2000 in London) was a British publisher who founded an eponymous publishing company in 1951.[1]


Deutsch attended school in Budapest, where he was born, and in Vienna. The Anschluss led to him fleeing Austria because he was Jewish, and he settled in Britain.[1]

After having learned the business of publishing while working for Francis Aldor (Aldor Publications, London), with whom he was interned in the Isle of Man during the Second World War and who had introduced him to the industry, Deutsch left Aldor's employment after a few months to continue his burgeoning publishing career with the firm of Nicholson & Watson. After the war Deutsch started his first company, Allan Wingate, but after a few years was forced out by one of his directors, Anthony Gibb.[1] André Deutsch Limited began trading in 1952.[2]

His small but influential publishing house ran until the 1980s, and included books by Jack Kerouac, Wole Soyinka, Earl Lovelace, Norman Mailer, George Mikes, V. S. Naipaul, Ogden Nash, Andrew Robinson, Philip Roth, Art Spiegelman, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Charles Gidley Wheeler and Helene Hanff. Deutsch employed dedicated editor Diana Athill.

André Deutsch died in London on 11 April 2000, aged 82.

Current imprint[edit]

The name "André Deutsch" is now an imprint of Carlton Publishing Group, which purchased the company from Video Collection International Plc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Calder, John (12 April 2000). "Obituary: André Deutsch". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Athill, Diana. "André Deutsch: The Great Persuader", p. 33 in Abel and Graham (2009).

Further reading[edit]

  • Abel, Richard and Graham, Gordon (eds) (2009), Immigrant Publishers: the impact of expatriate publishers in Britain and America in the 20th century. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4128-0871-2
  • Athill, Diana (2000), Stet: A memoir. London: Granta, 2000. ISBN 1-86207-388-0
  • Norrie, Ian (2006), Mentors and Friends: short lives of leading publishers and booksellers I have known. London: Elliot and Thompson. ISBN 1-904027-49-0
  • "No Longer With Us: André Deutsch". Naim Attallah Online. 

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