Hill & Wang

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Hill & Wang
Hill & Wang
Parent companyFarrar, Straus and Giroux
FounderLawrence Hill and Arthur Wang
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks
Official websiteHill & Wang

Hill & Wang is an American book publishing company focused on American history, world history, and politics. It is a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hill & Wang was founded as an independent publishing house in 1956 by Arthur Wang (1917/18–2005) and Lawrence Hill, who were both working at A. A. Wyn. They bought backlist books from Wyn and started Dramabooks,[1] publishing plays in trade paperback, then a new format. The series included Jean Cocteau, Arthur L. Kopit and Lanford Wilson. In 1959, Arthur Wang acquired Elie Wiesel's Holocaust memoir, Night, which had been turned down by several English-language publishers, publishing it in 1960. They continued to build the Hill & Wang list to include such authors as Roland Barthes, Langston Hughes, and American historians Stanley Kutler and William Cronon.[2]

In 1971, the two sold Hill & Wang to Farrar, Straus and Giroux,[3] and the imprint continues to be recognized for its high quality nonfiction. More recently, it has published authors such as Cass Sunstein, Philip Gura, John Allen Paulos, Melvyn Leffler, Thomas Bender, William Poundstone, Woody Holton, and Eric Rauchway.

The imprint also launched a graphic line, "Novel Graphics," when it published a graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón. It has since published several graphic biographies and works of graphic journalism, and a graphic adaptation of the United States Constitution.

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  1. ^ Dramabooks (Hill & Wang) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ Smith, Dinitia (October 19, 2005). "Arthur W. Wang, Founder of a Bold Publishing House, Is Dead at 87". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  3. ^ Henry Raymont, "Farrar, Straus Gets Hill & Wang", The New York Times, 29 September 1971. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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