The Editor - June 1st, 2012
Today we launch Contact, the W&N newsletter. If you have not yet received it, make sure that you have signed up here.
The name Contact is a reference to the origins of W&N. The publishing imprint was originally envisaged as a magazine, which would reflect the cultural, political and economic rebuilding of Europe after World War Two. However, despite having detailed plans made and several numbers commissioned, the project was halted by the government’s decision to continue their strict paper controls and place a ban upon new periodicals.
This decision led to the publication of Contact Books, a hard-covered magazine which won great acclaim from the press. However, this hybrid was a commercial impossibility, and so Nigel Nicolson and George Weidenfeld turned their talents to the book trade. The first list published by W&N was praised for its literary quality, and in it’s first decade W&N went on to publish landmark works such as Isaiah Berlin’s The Hedgehog and the Fox, Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. We look forward to bringing you the very best from our current list every month.
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