E. P. Dutton

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E. P. Dutton
Parent companyPenguin Group (Penguin Random House)
FoundedBoston, Massachusetts (1852 (1852))
FounderEdward Payson Dutton
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks
Official websitepenguin.com

E. P. Dutton was an American book publishing company. It was founded as a book retailer in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1852[1] by Edward Payson Dutton. Since 1986, it has been an imprint of Penguin Group.


Edward Payson Dutton

Edward Payson Dutton (January 4, 1831 – 1923) was a prominent American book publisher.

In 1852, Dutton founded the E. P. Dutton bookselling company in Boston, Massachusetts. The business sold fiction and non-fiction, and within a short time expanded into the selling of children's literature. In 1864, he opened a branch office to sell books in New York City and in 1869 moved his company's headquarters there and entered the book publishing business. From 1888 onward, he started working with Ernest Nister. In 1906, Dutton struck what proved to be a significant deal with the English publishing company of J. M. Dent to be the American distributor of the Everyman's Library series of classic literature reprints.

Edward Dutton died in 1923, aged 92, but his company continued to flourish and today is an imprint of the Penguin Group.


Dutton expanded to New York City in 1864, where it began publishing religious books. In 1906, Dutton made a deal with English publishing company J. M. Dent to be the American distributor of the Everyman's Library series of classic literature reprints.

John Macrae joined the company in 1885 as an office boy, and in 1923 was named president. In 1928, the publishing and retail divisions were split into two separate businesses with Macrae acquiring the publishing side, operating as E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc.

It published children's books under the Unicorn imprint, with some books published in the 1990s. Dutton Children's Books continues today.

In 1975, Dutton was acquired by the Dutch publisher Elsevier.[2] The following year, Dutton bought Hawthorn Books from W. H. Allen & Co.[3] Dutton lost money under Dutch ownership, and the company was sold to the buyout firm Dyson-Kissner-Moran in 1981. The paperback publisher New American Library acquired Dutton in 1985.[4]

New American Library was acquired by Penguin Group in 1986, and split into two imprints: Dutton and Dutton Children's Books.[5] Dutton is now a boutique imprint within Penguin Group, publishing approximately 40 books for adults per year, half of them fiction and half non-fiction. After the acquisition by Penguin, books to which Penguin acquired the rights as part of the acquisition of Dutton were published in paperback under the imprint Puffin Unicorn (because Puffin has been the longtime paperback imprint for the Penguin Group). Penguin merged with Random House to form Penguin Random House in 2013.

In 2017, sister imprint Blue Rider Press was closed and its books were moved to Dutton.[6]

Book series[edit]


  1. ^ "E. P. Dutton Marks its 100th Birthday; Book Concern Starts Second Century Today by Publishing Literary History Volume". The New York Times. January 4, 1952.
  2. ^ "Elsevier Reaches Dutton Merger Accord". The New York Times. 1975-04-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  3. ^ Tebbel, John William (1972). A history of book publishing in the United States. New York: R. R. Bowker Co. pp. 318–319. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  4. ^ McDOWELL, EDWIN (1985-02-07). "E.P. Dutton to Be Purchased by New American Library". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  5. ^ McDowell, Edwin. "PENGUIN AGREES TO BUY NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  6. ^ PRH Closing the Blue Rider Imprint
  7. ^ Dutton Paperbacks (E. P. Dutton) – Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Collecting Everyman's Library (1906-78), everymanslibrarycollecting.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ Unicorn Books (E. P. Dutton) – Book Series List, publishing history.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ Appelbaum, Judith (1983-06-12). "PAPERBACK TALK; Revivals: Plans and Progress". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-06-05.

Further reading[edit]

  • Henry C. Smith, Seventy-Five Years, or the Joys and Sorrows of Publishing and Selling Books at Duttons, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1927.

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