Peter Owen Publishers

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Founded in 1951,[1] Peter Owen Publishers is a family-run London-based independent publisher based in London, England.


The company was founded in 1951 by Peter Owen, who had previously worked for Stanley Unwin at The Bodley Head.[1] Owen's first editor was Muriel Spark, who would later write a novel called A Far Cry From Kensington drawing on her experiences working there.[2]

Notable authors on an eclectic list include Paul Bowles and Jane Bowles, the Japanese Catholic author Shusaku Endo, Salvador Dalí,[3] André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Colette, Anna Kavan, Anaïs Nin,[4] Natsume Sōseki, Yukio Mishima, Hermann Hesse,[1] Karoline Leach, the revisionist biographer of Lewis Carroll, Hans Henny Jahnn, Tarjei Vesaas, Miranda Miller, Jared Cade (author of Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days), and many others. Although best known for fiction (especially in translation), the company also publishes plenty of non-fiction.


  1. ^ a b c John Self, "Peter Owen: Sixty years of innovation", Books Blog, The Guardian, 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Emily Hill, "Novel Approach: Peter Owen", Dazed, February 2011.
  3. ^ Julie Cirelli, "Peter Owen on Salvador Dalí", AnOther, 24 June 2011.
  4. ^ Stephen Fowler, "Blazing the trail: an interview with Peter Owen", 3:AM Magazine, 24 November 2009.

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