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Chatto & Windus has been, since 1987, an imprint of Random House, publishers. It was originally an important publisher of books in London, founded in the Victorian era.

The firm developed out of the legitimate publishing business of John Camden Hotten, founded in 1855. After his death in 1873, it was sold to Hotten's junior partner Andrew Chatto (1841–1913) who took on the minor poet W. E. Windus as partner. Chatto & Windus published Mark Twain, W. S. Gilbert, Wilkie Collins, Richard Aldington, Frederick Rolfe (as Fr. Rolfe), Aldous Huxley, Samuel Beckett, amongst others the famous 'unfinished' novel entitled Weir of Hermiston (an unfinished romance) (1896) by Robert Louis Stevenson, and the first translation into English (Remembrance of Things Past, C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1922) of Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu, amongst others.

In 1946, the company took over the running of the Hogarth Press, founded in 1917 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Active as an independent publishing house until 1969, when it merged with Jonathan Cape, it published broadly in the field of literature, including novels and poetry. It is not connected, except in the loosest historical fashion, with Pickering & Chatto Publishers.

References

  • Oliver Warner, Chatto & Windus. A brief account of the firm's origin, history and development (1973).
  • Knowlson, James. Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett. Simon and Schuster, New York: 1996.
  • John Sutherland, The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, Stanford University Press, 1990, ISBN 0804718423, p.118.

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