Henry Holt (publisher)

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Henry Holt
Born
Henry Gartf Holt

(1840-01-03)January 3, 1840
DiedFebruary 13, 1926(1926-02-13) (aged 86)
OccupationPublisher, author

Henry Gartf Holt (January 3, 1840 – February 13, 1926), was an American book publisher and author.

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Life and career

Henry Holt was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 3, 1840. [1] He graduated from Yale University in 1862. [1] After a year at Columbia Law School he married Mary Florence West and left school for work. [1]

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He joined the publishing company of Frederick Leypoldt in 1866, which became Henry Holt and Company in 1873. Holt's company specialized in publishing and did not sell books at retail. He remained active in the company until about 1916. [1]

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Seven years after his wife's death, he wed Florence Taber. Holt had 3 sons and 3 daughters. His son Roland Holt married famed dramatist Constance D'Arcy Mackay. [2] In 1905, Henry Holt's daughters Edith and Winifred co-founded the New York Association for the Blind, now known as Lighthouse International. Edith continued to be active with this charity, which provided the opportunity for blind people to do useful work. In response to critics she wrote "Some went as far as to say that it would be cruel to add to the burden of infirmity the burden of labor, as if to be without work were not the heaviest burden mortal could be called upon to endure."

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In 1914 Holt founded The Unpopular Review, later renamed The Unpartizan Review, which ceased publication in 1920. [1]

Holt also authored novels. Both Calire (1892) and Sturmsee: Man and Man (1905) were first published anonymously and then reissued under his name. The New York Times described them: "In Sturmsee the economic problems of the present day are treated in an interesting fashion. The theory of 'social service' is set forth in it., and there are many satirical touches. The scope of the other novel, Calmire, is somewhat broader." [1]

The entrance to Henry Holt's crypt at The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY Henry Holt-SM Pettingill-Crypt.jpg
The entrance to Henry Holt's crypt at The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Holt served on the Simplified Spelling Board, and was its President and the man to whom the Board's founding benefactor Andrew Carnegie addressed his 25 February 1915 letter expressing dissatisfaction with the progress of the board, saying of the board that "a more useless body of men never came into association, judging from the effects they produce." [3]

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Holt published his autobiography, Garrulities of an Octogenarian Editor in 1923. [4]

He died at his home in New York City on February 13, 1926 and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Henry Holt, Novelist.; The Well-Known Publisher the Author of 'Sturmsee' and 'Calmire.'", The New York Times. Accessed 6 January 2011.
  2. Davis, Brook M. American National Biography Online http://www.anb.org/articles/18/18-03784.html . Retrieved 11 January 2015.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. Carnegie, Andrew. "My views about Improved Spelling 1906-1915", Columbia University, Brander Matthews' Manuscript Collection, 893
  4. Kessinger Publishing, 2005, ISBN   1-4179-1813-6

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