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Chapman and Hall

Chapman and Hall  

A publishing company founded in 1830 at 186 Strand, London, by Edward Chapman and William Hall. It owed much of its success to its early association with Dickens (Pickwick Papers having originated in ...
Chatto & Windus

Chatto & Windus  

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London publishing house established in 1873 on the death of J. C. Hotten. The driving force was Hotten’s chief clerk, Andrew Chatto (1840–1913), who transformed the bohemian house into a ...
Mystery Story

Mystery Story  

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General term applied to fiction whose objective is the solution of an enigma, but that is as various as the Gothic romance, which is a tale of horror, and the detective story, which is based on ...
paperback

paperback  

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A book format dominant in the 20th century, characterized by inexpensive materials, a low purchase price, portability, and widespread distribution. In the English-speaking world, its production is ...
railway book

railway book  

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A mid-19th century publishing innovation meeting the new reading needs of both rail commuters from expanded suburbs and business or pleasure rail travellers. Railway station shops were initially run ...
railway library

railway library  

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Lending libraries on railway premises established primarily for railway employees, similar to mechanics’ institute libraries; also, special series of yellowback books for sale to rail travellers: ...
Smith, W. H

Smith, W. H  

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A nation‐wide chain of retail outlets of books, newspapers, stationery, computers, recordings, games, and other leisure products. William Henry Smith (1792–1865) was born in London where his widowed ...
Ward, Lock, & Co.

Ward, Lock, & Co.  

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London publishing house founded in 1854, which specialized during the Victorian period in cheap periodicals, reference works, and yellowback fiction. Their main strategy for expansion was to take ...

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