Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Century of Hogarth Press

Hogarth Press, the publishing house founded by Leonard and Virginia Woolf, celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. The Guardian ran this fine article that takes a look at Hogarth's legacy. Although it is now part of the Penguin/Random House empire, its improbable emergence is one of the great publishing success stories of the 20th century. Virginia and Leonard printed and bound the early books themselves. They ended up bringing Sigmund Freud into print in English and other works on psychoanalysis, other works in translation, and many giants of literary modernism and the Bloomsbury group, including Katherine Mansfield, T.S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, and many others. J. H. Willis has written a fascinating book about the history of Hogarth's origins.