André Deutsch

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André Deutsch CBE (15 November 1917 – 11 April 2000) was a British publisher who founded an eponymous publishing company in 1951.[1]


Deutsch was born on 15 November 1917 in Budapest. He attended school in Budapest and in Vienna. The Anschluss led to him fleeing Austria because he was Jewish, and he settled in Britain.[1]

After having learned the business of publishing while working for Francis Aldor (Aldor Publications, London), with whom he was interned in the Isle of Man during the Second World War and who had introduced him to the industry, Deutsch left Aldor's employment after a few months to continue his burgeoning publishing career with the firm of Nicholson & Watson. After the war Deutsch started his first company, Allan Wingate, but after a few years was forced out by one of his directors, Anthony Gibb.[1] André Deutsch Limited began trading in 1952.[2]

His small but influential publishing house ran until the 1990s, and included books by Jack Kerouac, Wole Soyinka, Earl Lovelace, Norman Mailer, George Mikes, V. S. Naipaul, Ogden Nash, Andrew Robinson, Philip Roth, Art Spiegelman, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Charles Gidley Wheeler and Helene Hanff. Deutsch employed dedicated editor Diana Athill, who in 1952 was a founding director of the publishing company that was given his name. A number of book series were established including The Language Library[3][4] and the Introduces guides.[5][6]

André Deutsch died in London on 11 April 2000, aged 82.

In popular culture[edit]

Author John le Carré based his recurring character Toby Esterhase on Deutsch, both in physical appearance and in replicating Deutsch's unique manner of speech:

When David [i.e. Le Carré] came to write his novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, he would draw on Deutsch for his character Toby Esterhase, who like his original would speak his own form of English.

— Adam Sisman, John Le Carré: the Biography[7]

Current imprint[edit]

The name "André Deutsch" is now an imprint of Carlton Publishing Group, which purchased the company from Video Collection International Plc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Calder, John (12 April 2000). "Obituary: André Deutsch". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ Athill, Diana. "André Deutsch: The Great Persuader", p. 33 in Abel and Graham (2009).
  3. ^ The Language Library (Andre Deutsch) - Book Series List, Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  4. ^ "English Words", The Guardian, 13 July 1954, p. 4.
  5. ^ Introduces (Andre Deutsch) - Book Series List, Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  6. ^ Diana and Meir Gillon, "Mutually inscrutable", The Guardian, 12 November 1965, p. 9.
  7. ^ Sisman, Adam (2015). John Le Carré: the Biography. London: Bloomsbury. p. 314. ISBN 978-1-4088-2792-5.

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