G. P. Putnam's Sons
G. P. Putnam's Sons is an American book publisher based in New York. Since 1996, it has been an imprint of the Penguin Group; the company began as Wiley & Putnam with the 1838 partnership between George Palmer Putnam and John Wiley, whose father had founded his own company in 1807. In 1841, Putnam went to London where he set up a branch office, the first American company to do so. In 1848, he returned to New York, where he dissolved the partnership with John Wiley and established G. Putnam Broadway, publishing a variety of works including quality illustrated books. Wiley began John Wiley, still an independent publisher to the present day. In 1853, G. P. Putnam & Co. started Putnam’s Magazine with Charles Frederick Briggs as its editor. On George Palmer Putnam’s death in 1872, his sons George H. John and Irving inherited the business and the firm's name was changed to G. P. Putnam's Sons. Son George H. Putnam became president of a position he held for the next fifty-two years. In 1874, the company established its own book printing and manufacturing office, set up by John Putnam and operating out of newly leased premises at 182 Fifth Avenue.
This printing side of the business became a separate division called the Knickerbocker Press, was relocated in 1889 to the Knickerbocker Press Building, built for the press in New Rochelle, New York. On the death of George H. Putnam in 1930, the various Putnam heirs voted to merge the firm with Minton, Balch & Co. who became the majority stockholders. George Palmer Putnam's grandson, George P. Putnam, left the firm at that time. Melville Minton, the partner and sales manager of Minton Balch & Co. became acting president and majority stockholder of the firm until his death in 1956. In 1936, Putnam acquired the publisher Coward-McCann, ran it as an imprint into the 1980s. Upon Melville Minton's death, his son Walter J. Minton took control of the company. In 1965, G. P. Putnam's Sons acquired a mass market paperback publishing house. MCA bought Putnam Publishing Group and Berkley Publishing Group in 1975. Phyllis E. Grann, running Pocket Books for Simon & Schuster was brought on board in 1976 as editor-in-chief.
Grann worked with MCA executive Stanley Newman on a financial model to make Putnam profitable. This model emphasized publishing key authors annually and took Putnam from $10 million in revenue to over $100 million by 1983. While keeping the list at 75 titles a year, Putnam focused on winners like Tom Clancy whose book Red Storm Rising sold nearly a million copies in 1986. Putnam along with other publishers in the 1980s moved to a heavy discount hardcover model to keep up with demand and sales through bookstore chains and price clubs. Phyllis Grann was promoted to CEO of Putnam in 1987 becoming the first woman to be CEO of a major publishing house. By 1993, the publisher was making $200 million in revenue. In 1982, Putnam acquired Grosset & Dunlap from Filmways. In 1982, Putnam acquired the book publishing division of Playboy Enterprises, which included Seaview Books. In the 1990s ownership of Putnam changed a number of times. MCA was bought by Matsushita Electric in 1990; the Seagram Company acquired 80% of MCA from Matsushita and shortly thereafter Seagram changed the name of the company to Universal Studios, Inc.
The new owners had no interest in publishing, but Phyllis Grann stepped in and was able to broker the deal for Putnam to be merged with Penguin Group in 1996, a division of British publishing conglomerate, Pearson PLC Putnam and the Penguin Group formed Penguin Putnam Inc. In 2001, Grann abruptly left after speculation over tensions with Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino. In 2013, Penguin merged with Bertelsmann's Random House. Books in the United States About Putnam at Penguin Group
Edmund Clarence Stedman
Edmund Clarence Stedman was an American poet, essayist and scientist. Edmund Clarence Stedman was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 8, 1833. By the following spring, his mother Elizabeth Clementine Stedman moved the boy and his younger brother to Plainfield, New Jersey to live with her wealthy father, David Low Dodge. Dodge, a Calvinist and pacifist, was strict, did not want to use his finances to support his grandchildren, physically punished the boys for bad behavior. Mrs. Stedman sold poems and stories to magazines including Graham's Magazine, Sartain's Magazine, The Knickerbocker, Godey's Lady's Book for income; the children were taken in by their paternal grandfather, Griffin Stedman, his brother James in Norwich, Connecticut. Stedman studied two years at Yale University; as opportunity offered, he studied law and was for a time private secretary to Attorney-General Bates at Washington, was a member of the New York Stock Exchange in Wall Street from 1865 to 1900. His first book, Poems and Idyllic, appeared in 1860, followed by successive volumes of similar character, by collected editions of his verse in 1873, 1884 and 1897.
His longer poems are Alice of Monmouth: an Idyl of the Great War. An idyllic atmosphere is the prevalent characteristic of his longer pieces, while the lyric tone is never absent from his songs and poems of reflection or fancy; as an editor he put forth a volume of Cameos from Walter Savage Landor. This study appeared in separate chapters in Scribner's Monthly, was reissued, with enlargements, in the volumes entitled Victorian Poets and Poets of America, the two works forming the most symmetrical body of literary criticism yet published in the United States, their value is increased by the treatise on The Nature and Elements of Poetry a work of great critical insight as well as technical knowledge. Stedman edited, with A Library of American Literature. After the death of James Russell Lowell, Stedman had the leading place among American poets and critics. In 1876, he was one of several poets who were mocked by Bayard Taylor in his verse parody The Echo Club and Other Literary Diversions. In 1904, Edmund Clarence Stedman was one of the first seven chosen for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In addition to his literary achievements, Stedman pursued technical endeavors. In 1879, he proposed a rigid airship inspired by the anatomy of a fish, with a framework of steel, brass, or copper tubing and a tractor propeller mounted on the craft's bow changed to an engine with two propellers suspended beneath the framework; the airship never was built, but its design foreshadowed that of the dirigibles of the early decades of the 20th century. A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895 William Winter, Old Friends An American Anthology, 1787–1900 Stedman and Gould and Letters of Edmund Clarence Stedman This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Stedman, Edmund Clarence". Encyclopædia Britannica. Cambridge University Press; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.. "Stedman, Edmund Clarence". New International Encyclopedia. New York: Dodd, Mead. Works by Edmund Clarence Stedman at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Edmund Clarence Stedman at Internet Archive Works by Edmund Clarence Stedman at LibriVox Edmund Clarence Stedman at Find a Grave "Edmund Clarence Stedman", a poem by Florence Earle Coates
Harper's Magazine is a monthly magazine of literature, culture and the arts. Launched in June 1850, it is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U. S.. Harper's Magazine has won 22 National Magazine Awards. Harper's Magazine began as Harper's New Monthly Magazine in June 1850, by the New York City publisher Harper & Brothers; the company founded the magazines Harper's Weekly and Harper's Bazaar, grew to become HarperCollins Publishing. The first press run of Harper's Magazine—7,500 copies—sold out immediately. Circulation was some 50,000 issues six months later; the early issues reprinted material pirated from English authors such as Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, the Brontë sisters. The magazine soon was publishing the work of American artists and writers, in time commentary by the likes of Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson. Portions of Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick were first published in the October 1851 issue of Harper's under the title, "The Town-Ho's Story".
In 1962, Harper & Brothers merged with Peterson & Company, becoming Harper & Row. In 1965, the magazine was separately incorporated, became a division of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company, owned by the Cowles Media Company. In the 1970s, Harper's Magazine published Seymour Hersh's reporting of the My Lai Massacre by United States forces in Vietnam. In 1971 editor Willie Morris resigned under pressure from owner John Cowles, Jr. prompting resignations from many of the magazine's star contributors and staffers, including Norman Mailer, David Halberstam, Robert Kotlowitz, Marshall Frady and Larry L. King: Morris's departure jolted the literary world. Mailer, William Styron, Gay Talese, Bill Moyers, Tom Wicker declared that they would boycott Harper's as long as the Cowles family owned it, the four staff writers hired by Morris—Frady among them—resigned in solidarity with him. Robert Shnayerson, a senior editor at Time magazine, was hired to replace Morris as Harper's ninth editor, serving in that position from 1971 until 1976.
Lewis H. Lapham served as managing editor from 1976 until 1981. On June 17, 1980, the Star Tribune announced it would cease publishing Harper's Magazine after the August 1980 issue. But, on July 9, 1980, John R. MacArthur and his father, obtained pledges from the directorial boards of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Atlantic Richfield Company, CEO Robert Orville Anderson to amass the $1.5 million needed to establish the Harper's Magazine Foundation. It now publishes the magazine. In 1984, Lapham and MacArthur—now publisher and president of the foundation—along with new executive editor Michael Pollan, redesigned Harper's and introduced the "Harper's Index", "Readings", the "Annotation" departments to complement its fiction, essays and reviews; as of the March 2011 issue, contributing editor Zadie Smith, a noted British author, writes the print edition's New Books column. Under the Lapham-MacArthur leadership, Harper's Magazine continued publishing literary fiction by John Updike, George Saunders, others.
Politically, Harper's was an vocal critic of U. S. domestic and foreign policies. Editor Lapham's monthly "Notebook" columns have lambasted the Clinton and the George W. Bush administrations. Since 2003, the magazine has concentrated on reportage about U. S. war in Iraq, with long articles about the battle for Fallujah, the cronyism of the American reconstruction of Iraq. Other reporting has covered abortion issues and global warming. In 2007, Harper's added the No Comment blog, by attorney Scott Horton, about legal controversies, Central Asian politics, German studies. In April 2006, Harper's began publishing the Washington Babylon blog on its website, written by Washington Editor Ken Silverstein about American politics. Since that time these two blogs have ceased publication. Another website feature, composed by a rotating set of authors, is the Weekly Review, single-sentence summaries of political and bizarre news. Editor Lewis H. Lapham was criticized for his reportage of the 2004 Republican National Convention, which had yet to occur, in his essay "Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, a Brief History," published in the September 2004 issue which implied that he had attended the convention.
He apologized in a note. Lapham left two years after 28 years as Harper's editor in chief, launched Lapham's Quarterly; the August 2004 issue contained a photo essay by noted photojournalist Peter Turnley, hired to do a series of photo essays for the magazine. The eight-page spread in August 2004 showed images of death and funerals from both sides of the U. S. war in Afghanistan. On the U. S. side, Turnley visited the funeral of an Oklahoma National Guard member, Spc. Kyle Brinlee, 21, killed when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. During his funeral, Turnley shot the open casket as it lay in the back of the high school auditorium where the funeral was held to accommodate 1,200 mourners, this photo was used in the photo essay. Subsequently, the family sued the magazine in federal court; the case ended in 2007 when the U. S. Supreme Court, although saying the unauthorized publication wa
Charles Frederick Briggs
Charles Frederick Briggs called C. F. Briggs, was an American journalist and editor, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, he was known under the pseudonym "Harry Franco", having written The Adventures of Harry Franco in 1839, followed by a series of works dealing more or less humorously with life in New York City. Briggs had been a sailor in Nantucket, Massachusetts a wholesale grocer; when his novel The Adventures of Harry Franco was successful, he pursued a career in journalism. The publication of this humorous adventure story in 1839 was an immediate sensation and led to his friends nicknaming him "Franco", much to his dismay. In The Knickerbocker, Briggs began a series of humorous stories, including a serialized story that, though incomplete, was produced as the novel The Haunted Merchant in 1843. Briggs founded the Copyright Club in 1843; the organization sought to spread awareness of the need for international copyright law, though Briggs left the Club when a magazine named Centurion "contrived to monopolize all the credit".
Briggs started the Broadway Journal in 1844 in New York City. He handled editorial duties and solicited for publications while his business partner, former schoolteacher John Bisco, handled publishing and financial concerns. One of his contributors was his friend James Russell Lowell, though Briggs disapproved of Lowell's "hot and excited" abolitionism. In December 1844, Lowell wrote to Briggs to recommend Edgar Allan Poe for a job at the new magazine. Poe became associate editor of the publication in January 1845 and co-editor a month also becoming one-third owner. Though Poe was a partial owner of the journal, Briggs never considered him a partner but "only an assistant". Poe called Briggs "grossly uneducated" and said that he "has never composed in his life three consecutive sentences of grammatical English." In June 1845, Briggs resigned due to financial difficulties and, in October, Bisco sold his part of the magazine to Poe for $50. The magazine's final publication was dated January 3, 1846.
C. F. Briggs worked as editor for several other publications including Holden's Dollar Magazine and as managing editor for Putnam's Magazine in connection with associate editors George William Curtis and Parke Godwin. With Curtis and Godwin, he produced a gift book called The Homes of American Authors, he served on the staff of the Times, the Evening Mirror, the Brooklyn Union, the Independent. Briggs died on June 1877, in Brooklyn. Lowell wrote of Briggs in his A Fable for Critics: "He's in joke half the time when he seems to be sternest / When he seems to be joking, be sure he's in earnest", he went on: Later, Lowell wrote to him in 1844, "You Gothamites strain hard to attain a metropolitan character, but I think if you felt metropolitan you would not be showing it on all occasions". The Adventures of Harry Franco: A Tale of the Great Panic The Haunted Merchant Bankrupt Stories Working a Passage, or Life in a Liner The Trippings of Tom Pepper. "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia.
New York: Dodd, Mead. Charles Frederick Briggs at Nantucket Historical Society Charles Frederick Briggs at the Edgar Allan Poe Society online Charles Frederick Briggs at the Early American Fiction Collection at the University of Virginia Obituary from the New York Times ’Sconset-born Charles Frederick Briggs: Early New York Novelist and Editor by Bette S. Weidman
For the named periodical, see Scribner's Magazine. Scribner's Monthly: An Illustrated Magazine for the People was an illustrated American literary periodical published from 1870 until 1881. Following sale of the company which produced it in 1881, the magazine was relaunched as The Century Magazine. Charles Scribner I, Andrew Armstrong, Arthur Peabody, Edward Seymour, Josiah Gilbert Holland, Roswell Smith established "Scribner & Co." on July 19, 1870 to start on the publication of Scribner's Monthly. Scribner's Monthly absorbed the second incarnation of Putnam's Monthly Magazine of American Literature and Art; the first issue of the newly formed periodical was published in November of that year. In April 1881, Charles Scribner II sold his share of the Co. company to Roswell Smith. The name of the magazine and the company were retooled, dropping Scribner or Scribner's out of anything. Scribner's Monthly was changed to The Century Magazine and Scribner & Co. was changed to Century Company. Charles Scribner II was unable to launch a competing magazine for five years.
Charles Scribner I announced to a Times reporter that they would make a new monthly publication "as soon as the necessary arrangements could be perfected." Scribner announced that the editor would be Edward Burlingame, the son of Anson Burlingame, connected to the publishing house as a literary advisor. Scribner further noted that the magazine would not be a revival of the published Scribner's Monthly. Truman C. Everts's Thirty-Seven Days of Peril was published within the pages of Scribner's Monthly. Robert J. Scholnick, "Scribner's Monthly and the'Pictorial Representation of Life and Truth' in Post-Civil War America," American Periodicals, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 46–69. In JSTOR Works by or about Scribner's Monthly at Internet Archive and Google Books Scribner's Monthly at Cornell University Library, vols. 1-5, 7-22 Holland Collection of Literary Letters, University of Colorado Boulder
George Palmer Putnam
George Palmer Putnam was an important American book publisher. Putnam was born in Maine. On moving to New York City, Putnam was given his first job by Jonathan Leavitt, who subsequently published Putnam's first book. In 1838, George Palmer Putnam and John Wiley established the publishing house of Wiley & Putnam in New York City. In 1841, Putnam went to London, UK where he set up a branch office, the first American to do so. In 1848 he returned to New York where he dissolved the partnership with John Wiley and established G. Putnam Broadway, publishing a variety of works including quality illustrated books. In 1852, with the assistance of George William Curtis and other partners, he founded Putnam's Magazine, it operated until 1856, resumed in 1868, merged with Scribner's Monthly. His company was the official publisher to the 1853 New York World's Fair. George Putnam published the books of many classic American authors including his close friend Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe.
He served as secretary for the Publishers' Association for many years and was an advocate of the creation of International Copyright Law. During the American Civil War, he participated in the Loyal Publication Society of New York, suspended his business for three years to become the United States government's Collector of Internal Revenue in New York City. An important member of the New York artistic community, Putnam was the leading publisher of art books in his time and became one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and served as honorary superintendent in 1872, he was chairman of the Committee on Art at the Vienna Universal Exposition. He is believed to have been the first publisher to offer "royalties" to authors like Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Thomas Carlyle. George Putnam married Victorine Haven, their daughter, Mary Corinna Putnam was a pioneering female doctor, the first woman admitted to the Faculté de Médecine de Paris. One of their sons, Herbert Putnam, became a noted librarian who served as the United States Librarian of Congress.
Their youngest daughter Ruth Putnam became a noted author. On Putnam's death in 1872 his sons George and John inherited the business and the firm's name was changed to G. P. Putnam's Sons. George Putnam published his father's memoirs in 1912 and in 2000, his life's story was told again under the title George Palmer Putnam — Representative American Publisher by Ezra Greenspan, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. George Palmer Putnam's grandson and namesake, George P. Putnam, was part of the family business but was an author and explorer whose first wife was Dorothy Binney, the daughter of Edwin Binney who founded Crayola, his granddaughter Brenda Putnam was author. Chronology, or an Introduction and Index to Universal History and Useful Knowledge A Plea for International Copyright The Tourists in Europe American Book Circular with Notes and Statistics American Facts and Statistics Relative to the Government of the United States The World's Progress — a Dictionary of Dates Ten Years of the World's Progress, a supplement to his 1850 work "Putnam, George Palmer".
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Jeannette Leonard Gilder
Jeannette Leonard Gilder was an American author, journalist and editor. She served as the regular correspondent and literary critic for Chicago Tribune, was a correspondent for the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette, Boston Transcript, Philadelphia Record and Press, various other papers, she was the author of Taken by Siege. Gilder was the editor of Representative Poems of Living Poets. Jeannette Leonard Gilder was born in Flushing, New York, October 3, 1849, she was a daughter of the clergyman William Henry Gilder. Her siblings included, Richard Watson Gilder, Joseph Benson Gilder, William Henry Gilder. Gilder was educated at St. Thomas Hall, conducted by her father, her schooling end at the age of fifteen. Disliking the occupational options open to women, she instead started working as a researcher for a historian during the Civil War before turning to the periodical industry. From 1869, she was connected with various newspapers in New York, she began newspaper work in the editorial department of the Newark, New Jersey Morning Register conducted by her brother and was the Newark reporter for New York Tribune.
She was the New York correspondent of the Transcript. Gilder became literary editor for Scribner's Monthly before becoming a drama and music critic for the New York Herald until 1880. In Trenton, New Jersey, she was employed at the state adjutant general's office. In that same year and her brother Richard co-founded The Critic, a literary magazine, where she served as an editor from January 1881 to September 1906, her editor role with The Critic was shared with her brother Joseph. When The Critic merged with Putnam's Monthly, she wrote a popular regular column for it called "The Lounger". Gilder opposed. In an article titled "Why I Am Opposed to Woman Suffrage", printed in May 1894 in Harper's Bazaar, she argued that women were not strong enough to participate in politics, it would be "too public, too wearing, too unfitted to the nature of women", she wrote. She further argued that women would find a "sufficiently engrossing'sphere' in the important work of training her children", her novels include The Autobiography of The Tom-boy at Work.
Although she had no children of her own, Gilder took in four of her brother's children after their mother's death. She was a member of the Colony Club. Gilder died January 17, 1916, at the age of 66, in her home after a stroke brought on by a formation of a blood clot on the brain. Representative Poems by Living Persons Pen Portraits of Literary Women Essays from the Critic Authors at Home Why I am opposed to woman suffrage. Boston: Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women; the Autobiography of a Tom-boy. New York: Doubleday, Page, & Co; the Tom-boy at Work Wilson, J. G.. "Gilder, William Henry". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Daniel Coit. The new international encyclopaedia. 8. Dodd, Mead; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Leonard, John W.. Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915.
American commonwealth Company. Goodier, Susan. No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-09467-5. Works by Jeannette Leonard Gilder at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Jeannette Leonard Gilder at Internet Archive Jeannette Leonard Gilder. Jeannette Leonard Gilder Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University