E. P. Dutton

E. P. Dutton was an American book publishing company founded as a book retailer in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1852[1] by Edward Payson Dutton.

E. P. Dutton
Parent companyPenguin Group (Penguin Random House)
FoundedBoston, Massachusetts (1852)
FounderEdward Payson Dutton
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks
Official websitewww.penguin.com


In 1864, Dutton expanded to New York City, where it began publishing religious books. In 1906, Dutton made a deal with English publishing company J. M. Dent to be the American distributor of the Everyman's Library series of classic literature reprints.

John Macrae joined the company in 1885 as an office boy and in 1923 was named president. In 1928, the publishing and retail divisions were split into two separate businesses with Macrae acquiring the publishing side, operating as E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc.

It published children's books under the Unicorn imprint, with some books published in the 1990s. Dutton Children's Books continues today.

In 1975, Dutton was acquired by the Dutch publisher Elsevier.[2] Dutton lost money under Dutch ownership, and the company was sold to the buyout firm Dyson-Kissner-Moran in 1981. The paperback publisher New American Library acquired Dutton in 1985.[3]

In 1986, New America Library was acquired by Penguin Group and split into two imprints: Dutton and Dutton Children's Books.[4] Dutton is now a boutique imprint within Penguin Group, publishing approximately 40 books for adults per year, half fiction and half non-fiction. After the acquisition by Penguin, books that Penguin acquired the rights to as part of the acquisition of Dutton were published in paperback under the imprint Puffin Unicorn (because Puffin has been the longtime paperback imprint for the Penguin Group). Penguin merged with Random House to form Penguin Random House in 2015.

In 2017, sister imprint Blue Rider Press was closed and its books were moved to Dutton.[5]

Notable authors

Book series


  1. ^ "E. P. Dutton Marks its 100th Birthday; Book Concern Starts Second Century Today by Publishing Literary History Volume". The New York Times. January 4, 1952.
  2. ^ "Elsevier Reaches Dutton Merger Accord". The New York Times. 1975-04-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  3. ^ McDOWELL, EDWIN (1985-02-07). "E.p. Dutton to Be Purchased by New American Library". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  4. ^ McDowell, Edwin. "PENGUIN AGREES TO BUY NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  5. ^ PRH Closing the Blue Rider Imprint
  6. ^ Dutton Paperbacks (E. P. Dutton) - Book Series List, publishinghistory.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. ^ Collecting Everyman's Library (1906-78), everymanslibrarycollecting.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Unicorn Books (E. P. Dutton) - Book Series List, publishing history.com. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

Further reading

  • Henry C. Smith, Seventy-Five Years, or the Joys and Sorrows of Publishing and Selling Books at Duttons, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1927.

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Bound for Glory (book)

Bound for Glory is the partially fictionalized autobiography of folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie. The book describes Guthrie's childhood, his travels across the United States as a hobo on the railroad, and towards the end his beginning to get recognition as a singer. Some of the experiences of fruit picking and a hobo camp are similar to those described in The Grapes of Wrath.

Originally published in 1943, it was republished with a foreword written by Studs Terkel following the 1976 film adaptation. The book was completed with the patient editing assistance of Guthrie's wife, Marjorie, and was first published by E.P. Dutton in 1943. It is told in the artist's down-home dialect, with the flair and imagery of a storyteller. Library Journal complained about the "too careful reproduction of illiterate speech." But Clifton Fadiman, reviewing the book in the New York Times, said "Someday people are going to wake up to the fact that Woody Guthrie and the ten thousand songs that leap and tumble off the strings of his music box are a national possession, like Yellowstone and Yosemite, and part of the best stuff this country has to show the world."A film adaptation of Bound for Glory was released in 1976.

Dark Green, Bright Red

Dark Green, Bright Red is a novel by Gore Vidal, concerning a revolution headed by a former military dictator in an unnamed Central American republic. The book was first published in 1950 in the United States by E. P. Dutton. It drew upon Vidal's experiences living in Guatemala during the Guatemalan Revolution.Vidal re-wrote a significantly shortened version of Dark Green, Bright Red in 1968. However, when the book was published in a new United Kingdom edition in 1995 by Andre Deutsch, the longer, original text was used.

Dutton Children's Books

Dutton Children's Books is a US publisher, a division of the Penguin Group, the children's book imprint associated with the Dutton adult division. They were previously an imprint of E.P. Dutton prior to 1986. The Dutton children's imprint, as a division of E. P. Dutton, has been publishing since 1852.

Dutton has published the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne in the USA since the 1920's, as well as Canada since the 2000's.

Fredric Brown bibliography

The bibliography of American writer Fredric Brown includes short stories, general fiction, mysteries and science fiction stories.

I, the Jury

I, the Jury is the 1947 debut novel of American crime fiction writer Mickey Spillane, the first work to feature private investigator Mike Hammer.

Jesse Stuart

Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1906 – February 17, 1984) was an American writer, school teacher, and school administrator who is known for his short stories, poetry, and novels as well as non-fiction autobiographical works set in central Appalachia. Born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky, Stuart relied heavily on the rural locale of northeastern Kentucky for his writings. Stuart was named the poet laureate of Kentucky in 1954.


Luckypenny is a 1937 novel by Scottish writer Bruce Marshall.

Messiah (Vidal novel)

Messiah is a satirical novel by Gore Vidal, first published in 1954 in the United States by E.P. Dutton. It is the story of the creation of a new religion, Cavism, which quickly comes to replace the established but failing Christian religion.

My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain is a children or young adult adventure novel written and illustrated by American writer Jean Craighead George published by E. P. Dutton in 1959. It features a boy who learns about courage, independence, and the need for companionship while attempting to live in a forested area of New York state. In 1960, it was one of three Newbery Medal Honor Books (runners-up) and in 1969 it was loosely adapted as a film of the same name. George continued the story in print, decades later.


Silverlock is a novel by John Myers Myers published in 1949. The novel's settings and characters, aside from the protagonist, are all drawn from history, mythology, and other works of literature.

In 1981, The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter was published. Thematically related to Silverlock, it was billed as a "sequel to Silverlock" on the cover.


Superfudge is a children's novel by Judy Blume, published in 1980. It is the sequel to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. This is the second in the Fudge Series.

The Fox and the Hound (novel)

The Fox and the Hound is a 1967 novel written by American novelist Daniel P. Mannix and illustrated by John Schoenherr. It follows the lives of Tod, a red fox raised by a human for the first year of his life, and Copper, a half-bloodhound dog owned by a local hunter, referred to as the Master. After Tod causes the death of the man's favorite hound, man and dog relentlessly hunt the fox, against the dual backdrops of a changing human world and Tod's normal life in hunting for food, seeking a mate, and defending his territory. As preparation for writing the novel, Mannix studied foxes, both tame and wild, a wide variety of hunting techniques, and the ways hounds appear to track foxes, seeking to ensure his characters acted realistically.

The novel won the Dutton Animal Book Award in 1967, which resulted in its publication on September 11 that year by E.P. Dutton. It was a 1967 Reader's Digest Book Club selection and a winner of the Athenaeum Literary Award. It was well received by critics, who praised its detail and Mannix's writing style. Walt Disney Productions purchased the film rights for the novel when it won the Dutton award, though did not begin production on an adaptation until 1977. Heavily modified from the source material, Disney's The Fox and the Hound was released to theaters in July 1981 and became a box office success.

The Shakespeare Stealer

The Shakespeare Stealer is a 1998 historical fiction novel by Gary Blackwood. Taking place in the Elizabethan-era England, it recounts the story of Widge, an orphan whose master sends him to steal Hamlet from The Lord Chamberlain's Men. It was an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1999. Blackwood published two sequels, Shakespeare's Scribe (2000) and Shakespeare's Spy (2003).

The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh is a book written by Benjamin Hoff. The book is intended as an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners. It allegorically employs the fictional characters of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories to explain the basic principles of philosophical Taoism. Hoff later wrote The Te of Piglet, a companion book.

The Twisted Thing

The Twisted Thing (1966) is Mickey Spillane's ninth novel featuring private investigator Mike Hammer.

Spillane claimed it was based on a true story and he submitted it as the second Mike Hammer novel but it was rejected by his publisher's editor.

The West End Horror

The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, M.D. is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche novel by Nicholas Meyer, published in 1976. It takes place after Meyer's other two Holmes pastiches, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and The Canary Trainer, though it was published in between the two.

The plot concerns a series of strange murders in London's theatre district at the end of the 19th century. It also includes a first meeting between Holmes and Doctor Moore Agar, whose "dramatic introduction to Holmes" was one that Watson, in the original Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot", wrote that he "may some day recount."

The West End Horror made The New York Times Best Seller list for eleven weeks between June 13, 1976 and August 22, 1976.

The Westing Game

The Westing Game is a mystery novel written by Ellen Raskin and published by Dutton in 1979. It won the Newbery Medal recognizing the year's most distinguished contribution to American children's literature. The story involves 16 seemingly unrelated heirs of reclusive businessman Sam Westing and his challenge to figure out the secret of his death. The heirs must figure out who killed Westing by clues in his will.

The Westing Game was ranked number nine among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal in 2012. It has been adapted as the 1997 feature film Get a Clue (also distributed as The Westing Game). In a retrospective essay about the Newbery Medal-winning books from 1976 to 1985, literary critic Zena Sutherland wrote of The Westing Game, "Still a popular book with the group of readers who are mystery or puzzle fans, in retrospect this seems more entertaining than distinguished. Its choice as a Medal book underscores the problematic question: Can a distinguished book also be a popular book?"Sunset Towers is a new apartment building on Lake Michigan, north of Milwaukee and just down the shore from the mansion owned by reclusive self-made millionaire Samuel W. Westing. (Despite the name, Sunset Towers faces east – into the sunrise.)

As the story opens, a man named Barney Northrup is selling apartments to a carefully selected group of tenants. It soon emerges that most of the tenants – regardless of age or occupation – are named as heirs in Westing's will. The will is structured as a puzzle, with the 16 heirs challenged to find the solution. Each of the eight pairs, assigned seemingly at random, is given $10,000 cash and a different set of baffling clues. The pair that solves the mystery will inherit Westing's entire $200 million fortune and control of his company.

Williwaw (novel)

Williwaw is the debut novel of Gore Vidal, written when he was 19 and first mate of a U.S. Army supply ship stationed in the Aleutian Islands. The story combines war drama, maritime adventure and a murder plot. The book was first published in 1946 in the United States by E.P. Dutton. Williwaw is the term, widely thought to be Native American in origin, for a sudden, violent katabatic wind common to the Aleutian Islands.

Woman Hating

Woman Hating: A Radical Look at Sexuality is a 1974 book by the American radical feminist author and activist Andrea Dworkin.

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