Ernest Benn Limited
|Founder||Sir John Benn|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Publication types||Books, magazines|
Ernest Benn Limited was a British publishing house.
After Sir John was elected to Parliament in 1892, he passed control of the firm to his eldest son Ernest, who became managing director and started publishing more trade journals. In 1923, Ernest changed the name of the firm to Ernest Benn Limited. However, the name 'Benn Brothers' was subsequently revived with the formation of Benn Brothers plc.
Thanks to Gollancz's gifts as a publisher, the company's turnover increased 100-fold in seven years. But Benn was unwilling to cede control of the company to him. Moreover, Benn had moved to the political right and Gollancz to the left. Gollancz left the firm in 1927 to form his own firm, Victor Gollancz Limited.
In addition to individual books, Ernest Benn Limited is known for several series:
- The Sixpenny Library and Sixpenny Poets, early paperback educational books.
- The Blue Guides, travel guides
- The New Mermaids, modern editions of important English plays
- Benn's Essex Library
Ernest Benn Ltd, along with Benn Brothers plc and the other members of the Benn Group of Companies, was taken over by the Extel Group in June 1983. Extel was taken over by United Newspapers in 1987.
- "John Benn", Spartacus Educational
- Benn Group of Companies Staff Handbook (1984)
- Rubin, Merle. "The story of Britain's colorful, contradictory publisher Gollancz". Christian Science Monitor.
- Encyclopædia Britannica, Web edition, 20 December 2012, s.v. Ernest John Pickstone Benn, 2nd Baronet
- Eric L Harvey, A Short History of Tolley, p 4
- "United leaves Benn to Extel". The Glasgow Herald. 1983-05-20. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
- Watts, Robert. "How family money embarrassed Hilary Benn". Telegraph.
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