Henry Holt and Company

Henry Holt and Company is an American book-publishing company based in New York City. One of the oldest publishers in the United States, it was founded in 1866 by Henry Holt and Frederick Leypoldt.[2] Currently, the company publishes in the fields of American and international fiction, biography, history and politics, science, psychology, and health, as well as books for children's literature. In the US, it operates under Macmillan Publishers.

Henry Holt and Company
Parent companyGeorg Von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Founded1866 (1866)
FounderHenry Holt and Frederick Leypoldt
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationEquitable Building
New York City
DistributionMacmillan (US)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)[1]
Publication typesBooks - Hardcover and Paperback
Nonfiction topicsVarious
ImprintsHenry Holt Books for Young Readers, Francis Coady, John Macrae, Metropolitan, Times, Godwin, Christy Ottaviano
Official websitewww.henryholt.com


Logo of Henry Holt and Company, as it appeared in the book In the Dwellings of the Wilderness by Charlotte Bryson Taylor (1904)

The company publishes under several imprints, including Metropolitan Books, Times Books, Owl Books, and Picador. It also publishes under the name of Holt Paperbacks.[3]

The company has published works by renowned authors Erich Fromm, Paul Auster, Hilary Mantel, Robert Frost, Hermann Hesse, Norman Mailer, Herta Müller, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ivan Turgenev, and Noam Chomsky.

From 1951 to 1985, Holt published the magazine Field & Stream.[4][5]

Holt merged with Rinehart & Company of New York and the John C. Winston Company of Philadelphia in 1960 to become Holt, Rinehart and Winston. The Wall Street Journal reported on March 1 that Holt stockholders had approved the merger, last of the three approvals. "Henry Holt is the surviving concern, but will be known as Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Inc."[6]

CBS purchased the company in 1967, but in 1985, the group split, and the retail publishing arm, along with the Holt name, was sold to the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group based in Stuttgart, which has retained Holt as a subsidiary publishing under its original name and in the US it is part of Macmillan Publishers. The educational publishing arm, which retained the Holt, Rinehart and Winston name, was sold to Harcourt.

Book series

  • Amateur Studies
  • American Science Series[7]
  • The American Presidents Series[8]
  • English Readings[9]
  • Holt Spoken Language Series
  • Leisure Hour Series[10]
  • Leisure Moment Series
  • Library of Foreign Poetry
  • The Makers of the Nineteenth Century (General editor: Basil Williams)

See also


  1. "Melia Publishing - List of client publishers". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. Nancy Lewis Tuten. The Robert Frost Encyclopedia. pg.149
  3. "Henry Holt". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  4. Opalic, Zoran (2011-10-28). "Hunting, fishing…". iNewsDesign. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  5. Roberts, Sam (2015-10-28). "John Backe Dies at 83; Put CBS Back Atop Prime Time". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  6. "Henry Holt Merger". The Wall Street Journal. March 1, 1960. Page 12.
  7. American Science Series (Henry Holt and Company) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. "The American Presidents Series". Macmillan. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  9. English Readings, owu.edu. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  10. The Leisure Hour Series (Henry Holt and Company) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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