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The life of an institution, organization, or a business firm has certain elements which resemble the life of a biological organism. In a special way a publishing house may reflect the times in which it operates and the people who constitute its essence. In far more ways than just as a symbol, Little, Brown & Company epitomizes the literary culture of New England. Its connection with the Atlantic Monthly has given it a sheet anchor in the storms of fad and fashion which have fluctuated remarkably from the steady trade winds of the flowering of New England through the hard-nosed trumpetings of Hemingway down into the miasmal morasses of Henry Miller. This little book sketches the autobiography of a publishing institution. It seems to have gotten itself written more or less spontaneously, for no author is noted. Perhaps it wrote itself. In its brief pages we see paraded the sturdy
Bean WB. One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years of Publishing 1837-1962. Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(3):404. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620210128035