Portrait of William Heinemann
William Heinemann (18 May 1863 – 5 October 1920) was the founder of the Heinemann publishing house in London.
Heinemann was born in 1863, in
Surbiton, Surrey. In his early life he wanted to be a musician, either as a performer or a composer, but, realising that he lacked the ability to be successful in that field, he took a job with the music publishing company of Nicolas Trübner. When Trübner died, Heinemann founded his own publishing house in [1 ] Covent Garden in 1890. The company published many translations of the classics Great Britain, as well as such authors as H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rudyard Kipling. [1 ]
William Heinemann died in London unexpectedly on 5 October 1920.
He had no children and his presumptive heir, his nephew John Heinemann, had died in the [2 ] First World War. Heinemann's share of the company was bought out by Frank Nelson Doubleday, the New York publisher. [1 ]
He bequeathed funds to the
Royal Society of Literature to establish a literary prize, the W. H. Heinemann Award, given from 1945 to 2003. [1 ]
^ a b c d Fritschner, Linda Marie (2004). "Heinemann, William (1863–1920)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press . Retrieved 12 March 2013.
^ Hall Caine: Portrait of a Victorian Romancer by Vivian Allen, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997, pp.373-384
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