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Logo in the book Primary Education, 1916
|Fate||absorbed into Borders Group in the U.S.; liquidated in the U.S.|
|Products||Books, magazines, comic books, maps, calendars, paintings, stationery|
Brentano's was founded as an independent bookstore in New York City in 1853 by August Brentano, who established a newsstand in front of the New York Hotel. From its headquarters at 586 Fifth Avenue, Brentano's became a publisher, with a specialization in French literature that led it to publish under the imprint "Éditions Brentano's" many titles by French writers in exile during the Vichy France period.
In 1985, Kmart's Waldenbooks subsidiary acquired Brentano's and nine years later, in 1994, Brentano's and its parent company Waldenbooks were merged into Kmart's other book subsidiary, Borders. Borders re-gained independence through a stock buyback in the mid-1990s to once again become an independent company known as Borders Group, Inc.; in 2011, Borders Group filed for bankruptcy and wound down operations, closing all remaining locations.
In Popular Culture
Brentano's was also in the Redd Foxx movie "Norman, is that you?"
Mentioned in Babylon Revisited; F. Scott Fitzgerald Saturday Evening Post, 21 February 1931. Also mentioned in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, Chapter XX. Mentioned in Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, Chapter 2.
- Brentano's Paris official site
- History of Brentano's from Brentano's: the American Bookstore in Paris, archived January 26, 2009, at the Internet Archive