John C. Farrar

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John C. Farrar
Born John Chipman Farrar
(1896-02-25)February 25, 1896
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Died November 5, 1974(1974-11-05) (aged 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Yale University
Occupation Publisher
Known for Farrar & Rinehart
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
Spouse(s) Margaret Petherbridge

John Chipman Farrar (February 25, 1896 – November 5, 1974) was an American editor, writer and publisher. Farrar founded two publishing companies — Farrar & Rinehart and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He also conceived and founded the Breadloaf Writers' Conference in 1926.[1]


Farrar was born in Burlington, Vermont. After serving in World War I, as an aviation inspector, he graduated in 1919 from Yale University, where he contributed to campus humor magazine The Yale Record[2] and was a member of Skull and Bones.[3]:127 In that year his book Forgotten Shrines was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize.

He became editor of The Bookman, up to its 1927 purchase by Seward Collins. Going into publishing, he worked for two years at Doubleday, Doran and Company. Then in 1929 he was a founder of the house of Farrar & Rinehart, with Stanley M. Rinehart Jr. and Frederick R. Rinehart, sons of Mary Roberts Rinehart who had also been at Doubleday Doran.

Later, after war work in World War II, he was a founder of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Also, he is considered to be influential in the successful establishment of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College in Middleburg, Vermont.[4]

His work appeared in Harper's.[5]

In 1926, Farrar married crossword puzzle pioneer Margaret Petherbridge.

Farrar died in New York City. He is buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont.


  • Portraits Yale prize poem, Yale University Press, 1916
  • Forgotten Shrines. Yale University Press. 1919. 
  • Songs for parents. Yale University Press. 1921. 
  • Gold-Killer: A Mystery of the New Underworld, as John Prosper, with Prosper Buranelli New York: Doran 1922
  • The Bookman Anthology of Essays, editor, George H. Doran company, 1923
  • Songs for Johnny-Jump-Up, R.R. Smith, Inc., 1930



  1. ^ Fraser, C. Gerald, "John C. Farrar, Publisher, Editor and Writer, Is Dead." PDF The New York Times, November 7, 1974
  2. ^ Bronson, Francis W., Thomas Caldecott Chubb, and Cyril Hume, eds. (1922) The Yale Record Book of Verse: 1872-1922. New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 68-69.
  3. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7. 
  4. ^ "Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences". Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
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