Stein and Day

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Stein and Day
FounderSol Stein and Patricia Day
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks

Stein and Day, Inc. was an American publishing company founded by Sol Stein and his wife Patricia Day in 1962.[1] Stein was both the publisher and the editor-in-chief. The firm was based in New York City, and was in business for 27 years, until closing in 1989.


Stein and Day's first book was Elia Kazan's America America, published in 1962, which was a bestseller and was adapted into a film by Kazan. The success of many of Stein and Day's books was attributable in part to the amount of publicity work that Stein and Day did for each book[2] Stein worked with Kazan daily for five months on Kazan's first novel The Arrangement, which was #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list for 37 consecutive weeks.

The firm relocated from Manhattan to Briarcliff Manor, New York in 1975,[3] and published about 100 books a year until the company declared bankruptcy in 1987, selling its backlist in 1988.[4][5] Stein and Day's demise was the subject of Stein's book A Feast for Lawyers.[6] The New York Times wrote, "He has produced an appalling, Dickensian portrait of the entire system...ought to be read not only by executives facing Chapter 11 but by all entrepreneurs and indeed by anyone who fantasizes about running his own company."[7] Stein's book was honored by the American Bankruptcy Association at its annual convention in Washington, D.C. Columbia University hosts the Stein and Day Archives, which chronicles the firm's 27 years of existence.[8]


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Stein and Day published works by Leslie Fiedler, David Frost, Jack Higgins, Dylan Thomas, Budd Schulberg, Claude Brown, Bertram Wolfe, Harry Lorayne, Wanda Landowska and Marilyn Monroe among others.[citation needed] They were the U.S. publishers of J. B. Priestley, Eric Partridge, Maxim Gorky, Che Guevara, L. P. Hartley, and George Bernard Shaw.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bender, Dean. "A House Built on Bestsellers." Business Magazine Published by the Gannett Westchester Newspapers. 30 September 1979.
  2. ^ ."The Times Diary." The New York Times. 12 March 1969.
  3. ^ Wilner, Paul. "Tale of a Publisher's Move to the Country." The New York Times. 11 February 1979.
  4. ^ "Stein & Day Publishing Files for Bankruptcy". The New York Times. 27 June 1987.
  5. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Stein & Day to Shut Down". The New York Times. 29 July 1988.
  6. ^ Stein, Sol (1989). A feast for lawyers: inside chapter 11: an exposé. New York, NY: Evans. ISBN 978-0-87131-589-2.
  7. ^ Gaeber, Lauren. "News and Noteworthy". The New York Times. 25 March 1955. Retrieved from on 13 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Stein and Day records, 1963-1988".

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