Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy 190th birthday, Charles Scribner.

Charles Scribner, by
Thomas Emmet. NYPL
Charles Scribner, who founded his eponymous publishing firm in 1846 with Isaac Baker and Scribner's Monthly (later Century Magazine) in 1870, was born today in New York in 1821. Initially his firm published many religious works. His authors included Louis Agassiz, Henry Ward Beecher, Richard Henry Dana, and Elizabeth Fries Ellet. After his death in 1871 fellow publishers that included George Appleton, J. W. Harper, George Putnam, and E. P. Dutton lauded him in the New York Times for "his rare literary judgment, his ripe scholarship, and his generous culture."

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