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Jonathan Cape

(1919 - present day)

About Jonathan Cape:

Jonathan Cape was a London-based publisher founded in 1919 as "Page & Co" by Herbert Jonathan Cape, formerly a manager at Duckworth who had worked his way up from a position of bookshop errand boy. Cape brought with him the rights to cheap editions of the popular author Elinor Glyn and sales of these works provided capital for successive ventures. The other founding partner was George Wren Howard, whom Cape had met while both men had briefly worked for art publishers The Medici Society, and he was able to borrow capital from his father. The first employee was Edward Garnett, husband of author Constance Garnett, who became the business's long-serving reader. On 1 January 1921 "Page & Co" became "Jonathan Cape". It took over the back list of A. C. Fifield, including such authors as W. H. Davies, Sidney Webb and Samuel Butler.

A defensive merger with Chatto and Windus was carried out in 1969; later Bodley Head and Virago Press were added to the group, before becoming an imprint of Random House in 1987.

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