Max Reinhardt (publisher)

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Max Reinhardt
Born (1915-11-30)30 November 1915
Died 19 November 2002(2002-11-19) (aged 86)
Occupation Publisher
Employer The Bodley Head
Spouse(s) Margaret Leighton (m. 1947–55); divorced
Joan MacDonald (m. 1957–2002)

Max Reinhardt (30 November 1915 – 19 November 2002) was a British publisher. He published Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, George Bernard Shaw and Graham Greene.[1]


Max Reinhardt was born on 30 November 1915 in Istanbul to Austrian parents. He attended an English High School in Istanbul. His parents set up an import and export business in London which he headed. After World War II he took a course in international relations at the London School of Economics.[1] During a bridge game, he met A. S. Frere, who inspired him to change his import and export business into a publishing house. Reinhardt then bought HFL Publishers, a company that published Accounting textbooks.[1]

Max Reinhardt's first author was George Bernard Shaw, who reissued his romantic correspondence with the actress Ellen Terry. In 1957, Reinhardt and a banker partner bought The Bodley Head publishing house, where Reinhardt built a strong editing team, naming Graham Greene as director. Greene published his own novels there. They also published Alistair Cooke, Maurice Sendak, William Trevor and Eric Ambler.[1] Bodley Head was purchased by Random House, and both Reinhardt and Greene resigned. Reinhardt kept ownership of HFL, renaming it Reinhardt Books which was later bough by Viking Press.[1]

He died on 19 November 2002.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Max Reinhardt, 86, Publisher Of Shaw and Solzhenitsyn". New York Times. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 7 June 2008. The book publisher Max Reinhardt, who published works by George Bernard Shaw, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn and Graham Greene, died here on Tuesday. He was 86. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lambert, J W,. and Ratcliffe, M., 1987: The Bodley Head 1887-1987. The Bodley Head: London. ISBN 0-370-30949-9

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