Annals of a Publishing House

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897) is best known as the author of nearly one hundred novels, but also wrote short stories and biographies. Closely connected with Blackwoods of Edinburgh from 1851, shortly before her death she was commissioned to write a history of the publishing firm by director William Blackwood, grandson of the founder. From small beginnings, the firm had rapidly become the leading Scottish publishing house, dominating the literary world, particularly through Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and an impressive list of famous authors. These included Thomas de Quincey, Walter Scott, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Magazine introduced the convention of having novels issued in serial form before publication as a book, which became standard practice for authors such as Dickens, Thackeray and Eliot. Volume 1 covers the early career of William Blackwood and the establishment of the firm, its commercial relationships, and the foundation of the Magazine.

Table of Contents

New contributors
Domestic life
Domestic and public life
Illness and death
The brothers
More lights of 'Maga'
The metropolitan branch
The rank and file
London and Edinburgh
37 Paternoster Row
The new Blackwood band
Major Blackwood
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