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Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd (often shortened to W&N or Weidenfeld) is a British publisher of fiction and reference books. It is a division of the Orion Publishing Group.


Founded in the late 1940s by George Weidenfeld and Nigel Nicolson, Weidenfeld & Nicolson established a solid reputation by publishing controversial landmark titles like Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita (1959) and Portrait of a Marriage (1973), Nicolson's biography of his mother, Vita Sackville-West. In its early years Weidenfeld also published nonfiction works by, among others, Isaiah Berlin, Hugh Trevor-Roper, and Rose Macaulay, and novels by Mary McCarthy and Saul Bellow. This was followed in subsequent years by a host of titles by world leaders and historians, along with contemporary fiction and glossy illustrated books.[1]

Weidenfeld was one of Orion's first acquisitions after the group's founding in 1991, and formed the core of its offerings. Weidenfeld imprints originally included J. M. Dent and Everyman Paperbacks, and have expanded greatly since the Orion acquisition and Orion's acquisition in turn by Hachette Livre in 1998.[2]


  1. ^ "Weidenfeld & Nicolson", A brief history of the Orion Publishing Group Retrieved February 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "Foundation", A brief history of the Orion Publishing Group Retrieved February 20, 2009.

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