Putnam, George H. (ON HOLD)

Notable publisher, President of G. P. Putnam’s Sons for 52 years

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(1844-1930) American soldier, publisher and author, eldest son of publisher George Palmer Putnam. Joined Union Army, captured after Cedar Creek and held for a short time at Libby Prison before transfer to Danville and his March 1865 exchange. At War's end, Major Putnam joined his father's publishing business, "G. Putnam Broadway." On the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the War, Putnam published an account of his experiences, "A Prisoner of War in Virginia - An Experience in Virginia Prisons During the Last Winter of the War." On his father's death in 1872, George H. Putnam and brothers John Bishop and Irving took over the business, renaming it G. P. Putnam's Sons. He was president of the firm for the next 52 years. In 1884, Putnam hired 26-year old Theodore Roosevelt as a special partner who wrote several works published by Putnam. He was active in numerous civic, social, and business causes, aggressively continuing his father's work on copyright protection for authors. In 1887, he helped organized the American Publishers' Copyright League that led campaign resulting in 1891 passage of an international copyright protection law. Among his own writings are scholarly and historical publications and children's books. His nephew married Amelia Earhart (after George H. Putnam’s death) in 1930. 2pp good content TLS on 1st & 4th pages of folded 10 x 8 “The Knickerbocker Press/G.P. Putnam’s Sons” letterhead, NYC, July 26 1904, to Prof. Curtis Hidden Page. Putnam is pleased as to Page’s report on “the progress of Volumes I & II of the Classics”, stresses importance of “getting the books into the market before the close of the year” and role of the “travellers” and their season and relation to libraries and book-buyers. Close in Putnam’s hand. Curtis Hidden Page (1870-1946) Educator and writer, taught French and English at Harvard University (1893-1908), Columbia University (1908-1909), Northwestern University (professor of English literature, 1909-1911), and Dartmouth College (professor of English literature, 1911-1946). Page translated many French works, including “A Voyage to the Moon” by Cyrano de Bergerac, and “Tartuffe” by Moličre.

Condition: Very good, slight creasing on 2nd page, normal folds
Type:Letter






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