Chatto & Windus

Chatto & Windus was an important publisher of books in London, founded in the Victorian era.

Chatto & Windus
Parent companyPenguin Random House
Founded1855 (1855)
FounderJohn Camden Hotten, Andrew Chatto, W. E. Windus
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon, England

The firm developed out of the publishing business of John Camden Hotten, founded in 1855. After his death in 1873, it was sold to Hotten's junior partner Andrew Chatto (1841–1913), who took on the minor poet W. E. Windus as partner. Chatto & Windus published Mark Twain, W. S. Gilbert, Wilkie Collins, H. G. Wells, Wyndham Lewis, Richard Aldington, Frederick Rolfe (as Fr. Rolfe), Aldous Huxley, Samuel Beckett, the famous "unfinished" novel Weir of Hermiston (1896) by Robert Louis Stevenson, and the first translation into English of Marcel Proust's novel À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past, C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1922), among others.

In 1946, the company took over the running of the Hogarth Press, founded in 1917 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Active as an independent publishing house until 1969, when it merged with Jonathan Cape, it published broadly in the field of literature, including novels and poetry. It is not connected, except in the loosest historical fashion, with Pickering & Chatto Publishers.

Norah Smallwood was appointed to the board of Chatto & Windus when it became a limited company in 1953, and succeeded Ian Parsons as chairman and managing director in 1975, serving until her retirement in 1982.

As of 2019, Chatto & Windus is an imprint of Vintage Publishing UK.

Book series

  • The New Phoenix Library
  • The Phoenix Library
  • The Phoenix Living Poets

Further reading

  • Warner, Oliver, Chatto & Windus: A Brief Account of the Firm's Origin, History and Development (1973)
  • Knowlson, James, Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett. Simon & Schuster, New York (1996)
  • Sutherland, John, The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, Stanford University Press (1990), ISBN 0-8047-1842-3, p. 118.

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