Wiley and the Humanities: A 200 Year History
Other renowned authors who published with Wiley in its over 200 year history include Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Washington Irving.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordan Pym of Nantucket, North America was published in London by Wiley & Putnam in 1838. His only complete novel, this work is a riveting tale of maritime adventure in the South Seas.
Tales by Edgar Allan Poe was predicted by the New York Post to be “hailed by many as a rare treat.” This collection was published in 1845 by Wiley & Putnam
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary….” The Raven and Other Tales by Edgar Allan poe was published in 1845 by Wiley & Putnam, originally selling for 31 cents per copy. It has since become a staple in Anglophone classrooms worldwide.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s collection of short stories titled Mosses from an Old Manse was published by Wiley & Putnam in 1846. Amusingly, less than ten years later he admitted that he was “not quite sure that [he] entirely comprehend[ed] [his] own meaning in some of these blasted allegories.
Grandfather’s Chair: A History for Youth was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne an dpublished by Wiley & Putnam in 1841.
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life was Herman Melville’s first published book. Released by Wiley & Putnam in 1846, this work was the author’s most popular during his lifetime.
Margaret Fuller was a women’s rights advocate, American journalist, and critic. 1840 saw the founding of the Transcendentalist magazine The Dial by Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Its British edition was published by Wiley & Putnam. In 1846 Wiley & Putnam published Margaret Fuller’s Papers on Literature and Art. During her lifetime, Fuller inspired other now famous writers and thinkers such as Susan B. Anthony, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and many more.
John Ruskin’s Modern Painters was a five volume general survey of art published in 1860 by Wiley & Putnam. Ruskin was a British expositor and critic of the arts, architecture, and urban industrial society, whose highly influential views were disseminated in the U.S. almost entirely through Wiley’s efforts.
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon was published by Charles Wiley from 1819 to 1820. The collection of 34 essays and short stories by Washington Irving includes two of his best-known stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” It also marks Irving’s first use of the pseudonym “Geoffrey Crayon,” which he would continue to use throughout his literary career
The Spy: a Tale of the Neutral Ground was James Fenimore Cooper’s second novel, published in 1821 by Wiley & Halsted.
Andrew Jackson Downing, founder of landscape architecture, published the first of two works with Wiley & Putnam in 1841: A Treatise on the Theory & Practice of Landscape Gardening. The next year would see the publication of Cottage Residences.
The J.R.R. Tolkien’ poem “Goblin Feet” was published by Blackwell in 1915 within pages of Oxford Poetry 1st Edition. The author wrote the poem for his then fiancée
Philosophical Investigations was published in Oxford by Basil Blackwell LTD in 1953. Written by Austrian –British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, the work is often lauded as one of the most important works of philosophy of the 20th century.
Ludwig Wittgenstein’s on Certainty was published by Basil Blackwell LTD in 1969. Blackwell became known as a major publisher of Wittgenstein. “If you do not know that here is one hand, we’ll grant you all the rest. When one says that such and such a proposition can’t be proved, or course that does not mean that it can’t be derived from other propositions; any proposition can be derived from other ones. But they may be no more certain than it is itself.
Blackwell LTD published Terry Eagleton’s best known work- Literary Theory: An Introduction in 1983. The book traces the history of the study of texts, from the Romantics of the 19th century to the postmodernists of the later 20th century.
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