Viking Press

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Viking Press
Parent company Penguin Group
Status Active
Founded 1925
Founder Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Key people President-Clare Ferraro, Children's current publisher Kenneth Wright
Imprints Pamela Dorman
Official website

Viking Press is an American publishing company owned by the Penguin Group, which acquired the company in 1975.[1]

It was founded in New York City on March 1, 1925, by Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim.[2]

The firm's name and logo—a Viking ship drawn by Rockwell Kent—were meant to evoke the ideas of adventure, exploration and enterprise implied by the word "Viking".

The house has been home to many prominent authors of fiction, non-fiction, and play scripts. Five Viking authors have been awarded Nobel Prizes for Literature and one received the Nobel Peace Prize; Viking books have also won numerous Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and other important literary prizes.

As of 2011 Viking published approximately 100 books a year. It is notable for publishing both successful commercial fiction and acclaimed literary fiction and non-fiction. Viking's literary paperbacks are published by Penguin Books, while its commercial paperbacks are published by Signet Books or Putnam Books. Viking's current president is Clare Ferraro.

The Viking Children's Book department was established in 1933; its founding editor was May Massee. Viking Kestrel was one of its imprints. Its books have won the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and include such books as The Twenty-One Balloons, written and illustrated by William Pene du Bois (1947, Newbery medal winner for 1948), Corduroy, Make Way for Ducklings, The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (1993), The Outsiders, Pippi Longstocking, and The Story of Ferdinand. Its paperbacks are published by Puffin Books, which includes the Speak and Firebird imprints. Viking Children's current publisher is Kenneth Wright.[disambiguation needed]

Penguin Books, use Viking Press to publish various new and emerging authors.[3]

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  1. ^ Egli, ed. (1975). "Viking Press Is Sold To Penguin Books". School Library Journal 22 (4): 16. 
  2. ^ Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood (1995). The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition. New York: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300055368. 
  3. ^ "Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Three of the Largest Book Publishers and Continues to Litigate Against Apple Inc. and Two Other Publishers to Restore Price Competition and Reduce E-book Prices". Retrieved 14 November 2012.