E. P. Dutton

E. P. Dutton
E. P. Dutton
Parent company Penguin Group
Founded 1852
Founder Edward Payson Dutton
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, New York
Publication types Books

E. P. Dutton was an American book publishing company founded as a book retailer in Boston, Massachusetts in 1852 by Edward Payson Dutton. In 1986, the company was acquired by Penguin Group and split into two imprints: Dutton Penguin and Dutton Children's Books.


Edward Payson Dutton founded a book-selling firm in Boston, in 1852 the eponymous E. P. Dutton, but it wasn't until 1864 when a branch office was set up in New York, that the company began to publish books. Its original focus was on religious titles, and the first bestseller was the two-volume Life of Christ by Frederic Farrar, published in 1874.

1885, John Macrae began working at Dutton as an office boy; he would spend fifty-nine years with the company rising in the ranks. He became President in 1923, and in 1928 he bought the publishing house and shared it with his two sons. During his tenure, E. P. Dutton published notable books such as The Proper Bostonians by Cleveland Amory, Marchette Chute's Shakespeare of London, Pipiolo and the Roof Dogs by Brian Meunier, The Conquest of Everest by John Hunt, Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan, as well as works by Lawrence Durrell, Milton Glaser, and Luigi Pirandello. The company also went on to publish books by John Irving (The World According to Garp), Peter Matthiessen, Jorge Luis Borges, Gavin Maxwell, Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Sheehy (Passages), and Mickey Spillane.

E.F. Dutton ceased to be in 1986, becoming Dutton Penguin since.

See also

Dutton Penguin

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