Grant Richards: A Publisher Before His Time
London Publishing, Book Design, Children's Publishing, Publishing History
Grant Richards between 1900 and 1935 was among the world's most innovative publishers. He pioneered new models of publishing in fields as diverse as poetry and children's literature, natural history and popular science. He was also a talented spotter of literary talent and among the writers he first published are Shaw, Joyce, Housman, Noyes, Frank Harris and Richard la Gallienne. The history of his publishing casts an interesting light on the development of British and international book business in the early twentieth century. This paper recounts his history and investigates his signficance for literature and book design.
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Prof. Iain Stevenson
Professor, UCL Centre for Publishing
School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London
Iain Stevenson is Professor of Publishing at the Centre for Publishing at University College London. He was previously Professor of Publishing Studies at City University London where he founded the award-winning MA programme in Publishing Studies. He was previously a senior publishing executive in a range of international publishers, including Longman, Macmillan, Pinter, Leicester University Press. Wiley and the Stationery Office, the UK government publisher. He was the founder of the environmental publisher Belhaven Press which produced the original benchmark publications on climatic change and sustainable development. He directs the MA programme in publishing at UCL and is an active researcher in copyright, scholarly journals, book history and publishing in Canada. He is European Editor for the journal Book History.