- George Platt Brett
name = George Platt Brett, Jr.
birth_date = 1893
birth_place = Darion, CT
death_date = 1984
death_place = Southport, CT
spouse = Isabel Stevenson Yeomans
George Platt Brett, Sr.
children = George Platt Brett III
Bruce Yeomans Brett
known_for = Publisher of
Gone with the Wind
occupation = Publisher
nationality = flagicon|USAAmerican
George Platt Brett, Jr. (1893-1984) served at Chairman of the American division of
Macmillan Publishingand secured publishing rights to Gone With the Wind. cite news |first= Wolfgang|last= Saxon |title= George P. Brett is dead at 91; Headed Macmillan Company|url= http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F30A14F6395F0C768DDDAB0894DC484D81|publisher= New York Times|date= February 15, 1984|accessdate=2008-04-19 ]
George Brett started with Macmillan in 1913 as a traveling salesman and took over as President of Macmillan in 1931. Brett took over as chairman in 1936 after the death of his father,
George Platt Brett, Sr.[cite book
title= Macmillan A Publishing Tradition |first= Elizabeth |last= James |page= 187 |publisher=Palgrave Macmillan |year= 2002 |isbn= 0-333-73517-X] [cite web |url=http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/97/Macmillan-Inc.html |title= Macmillan, Inc. - Company Profile |accessdate= 2008-04-07] [cite web |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3683/is_199510/ai_n8731586/pg_7 |title=Macmillan Company of Canada in the 1930s, The |accessdate=2008-04-17]
Brett is best known for having "scored one of publishing's all-time triumphs by gaining the rights to '
Gone With the Wind.' " The success of Gone with the Wind from 1935-1936 lead to bonuses of 18% to all employess at Macmillan. Additional literary success under Brett were Rachael Filed's "All This" and "Heaven Too" and Katleen Winsor's "Forever Amber." [cite book |first=David | last=McKitterick | title=A History of Cambridge University press Volume III: New Worlds for Learning 1873-1972 | page=308] . In addition, Brett published notable authors C. S. Lewisand Marianne Moore.cite book |first=Fred |last=Kobrak |title=The Structure of International Publishing in the 1990s | page=31]
In 1936, Brett agreed to publish
Ayn Rand's book " We the Living". [ [http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_ayn_rand_aynrand_biography The Ayn Rand Institute: A Brief Biography of Ayn Rand ] ] Brett said "he did not know if they would make money on it or not, but that it was a novel that should be published." [cite book
title= Essay on Any Rand "We the living" |first= Robert |last= Mayhew |page= 139 |publisher=Lexington Books |year= 2004 |isbn=0739106988]
In 1944, following WWII, Brett fought efforts by the British Publisher Bureau to corner the American market for Bristish publishing houses. [cite book
title= The Diplomacy of Ideas: US Foreign Policy and Cultural Relations, 1938-1950 |first= Frank |last= Ninkovich |pages= 89-90] In 1951, Brett bought the US division from London based Macmillan Publishing. At this time Macmillan was the second largest publisher in the United States [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,888948,00.html?promoid=googlep Crofter's Crop - TIME ] ]
Military and Public Service
*From 1916 to 1919, he served with the Army on the Mexican border and then in France during World War I.
*Served as chairman of the book committee of the People-to-People Program United States President
Dwight D. Eisenhowerestablished in 1956.
*Serve on missions for the United States State Department in Latin America and postwar Germany.cite news |first= Wolfgang|last= Saxon |title= GEORGE P. BRETT IS DEAD AT 91; HEADED MACMILLAN COMPANY|url= http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F30A14F6395F0C768DDDAB0894DC484D81|publisher= New York Times|date= February 15, 184|accessdate=2008-04-19 ]
*Member of the
Players Club[cite book |first=Hamlin |last=Garland |title=Roadside Meetings | page=397]
Brett was born in Darien, CT and attended the Salisbury School in his home state and the Collegiate School in New York. Brett was married to Isabel Stevenson Yeomans. [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9E05E2DA1F31E733A05757C1A96F9C946796D6CF]
*"The role of books in inter-American relations" by George Platt Brett (Unknown Binding - 1943)
*The growth and care of cultivated evergreens: An address delivered before the Garden Club of Fairfield on May 26, 1931 (Unknown Binding)
*Chronicles of Barabbas 1884-1934 By George H. Doran
*The House of Macmillan (1843-1943) by Charles Morgan
*The Structure of International Publishing in the 1990s By Fred Kobrak, Beth Luey
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9E0DE5DB173FE633A25750C1A9629C946296D6CF New York Times article "Stefansson a Hero to British Public: George P. Brett back from London with a glowing account of the Young Explorers Success, printed on April 13, 1913]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9A04E3DC173FE633A25753C3A9659C946296D6CF New York Times March 13, 1913 article about Brett book "Book publishing and its present tendencies"]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=940CE1D71730E733A25752C0A9629C946596D6CF New York Times article about Macmillan and George Brett]
Places with more information
* [http://www.pequotlibrary.com/ Pequot Library ] 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890 (203) 259-0346
* [http://www.nypl.org/ New York City Public Library ] 455 Fifth Avenue, 10016-0122. (212) 340-0849
George Edward Brett
George Platt Brett, Sr.
Richard M. Brett
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