Alexander Macmillan (publisher)

Alexander Macmillan (publisher)

Alexander Macmillan, (October 3 1818 - January 26 1896; Scottish Gaelic: "Alasdair MacMhaolain"), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland He was a cofounder, in 1843, with his brother Daniel of Macmillan Publishers. His family were crofters from the Isle of Arran. [ [ History ] ] [ [,9171,888948,00.html?promoid=googlep Crofter's Crop - TIME ] ]

Macmillan was the partner who developed the literary reputation of the company while his brother took charge of the business and commercial side. Originally called Macmillan & Co., the firm started as, a successful bookshop in Cambridge. The brothers soon started publishing books as well as selling them. After Daniel's death in 1857, Alexander continued to run the firm. He expanded the company into a worldwide organization and also started publishing magazines, including the prestigious scientific journal, Nature. Macmillan assigned George Edward Brett to create the New York Office in August 1869 and hired American firm Messrs Pott & Amery to assist in the marketing and distribution of Macmillan's books. [cite book |title= Macmillan A Publishing Tradition |first= Elizabeth |last= James|publisher=Palgrave Macmillan |year= 2002 |isbn= 0-333-73517-X]

His grand-nephew was British prime minister, Harold Macmillan.

Additional Resources

*Macmillan A Publishing Tradition by Elizabeth James 2002 ISBN 0-333-73517-X
*The House of Macmillan (1843-1943) by Charles Morgan


ee also

Macmillan Publishing

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