Heinemann (publisher)

Heinemann is a publisher of professional resources and a provider of educational services established in 1978 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as a U.S. subsidiary of Heinemann UK. Heinemann published the first-ever teacher professional book in 1983, and has since expanded to curricular resources, assessment systems, leveled literacy intervention, and Professional Development services. Today, the UK education imprint is owned by Pearson, the UK trade publications are owned by Random House and the US education imprint is owned by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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In 1983 Heinemann published Writing: Teachers and Children at Work by the late Donald Graves, and with it a new genre, the teacher professional book, was born. What Don articulated—a more student-centered approach to writing instruction rooted in a deep belief in teachers as decision makers—made a difference in the lives of teachers and, subsequently, students. Today Heinemann publishes not only professional books but also curricular resources for teaching literacy and math, benchmark assessment tools, leveled literacy interventions, and more. Donald Graves’ work laid the foundation for what today is called Writing Workshop. He introduced the then revolutionary idea that students best learn to write by doing what real writers do. By giving students choice in topics, providing authentic reasons to write and real audiences to write for, building in time and space to plan and draft, and modeling their own writing, teachers helped kids experience the writing process.

Heinemann continues to publish resources that push the workshop idea further and further. Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for Reading and Units of Study for Writing present the latest thinking on the workshop model. Meanwhile next-generation resources such as Jennifer Serravallo’s Reading Strategies Book and Writing Strategies Book support the workshop (or any approach) by providing curricular content that make differentiation instruction for individuals or groups simpler. Heinemann is also the publisher of Fountas & Pinnell Literacy.

Heinemann UK History

William Heinemann began working in the publishing industry under Nicolas Trübner,[1] who was a major publisher of what was called Oriental scholarship.[2] When, two years after Trübner's death, his company was taken over by the firm of Kegan Paul, Heinemann left and founded William Heinemann Ltd in Covent Garden, London, in 1890.[1] The first title published was Hall Caine's The Bondman, which was a "stunning success", selling more than 450,000 copies.[3] The company also released a number of works translated into English under the branding of "Heinemann's International Library", edited by Edmund Gosse.[4] In 1893, Sydney Pawling became a partner.[5][6] They became known for publishing the works of Sarah Grand.[7] The company published the British version of Scribners' Great Education Series under the title Heinemann's Great Education Series, but did not include credits for the original American editor, Nicholas Murray Butler, an omission for which they were criticized.[7]

Between 1895 and 1897, Heinemann was the publisher of William Ernest Henley's periodical New Review.[8] In the late 1890s, Heinemann and the American publisher Frank Doubleday financially supported Joseph Conrad during his initial attempt at writing what eventually became The Rescue, and Heinemann was the British publisher for Conrad's The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' in 1897.[6] One of the company's businesses at that time was to sell English books to a Japan that was beginning to be interested in items of Western culture. Heinemann sold to the Japanese bookstore Maruzen translations of the works of Dostoyevsky and 5000 copies of Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution by Peter Kropotkin.[9] In 1912, the company began publishing the Loeb Classical Library series, publications of ancient works with the Greek or Latin text on the left-hand page, and a literal translation on the right hand page.[10] The series has been called "the most significant" of the parallel-text translations.[10] Since 1934, it has been co-published with Harvard University.[10][11]

On Heinemann's death in 1920 a majority stake was purchased by U.S. publisher Doubleday,[5] with Theodore Byard, who had previously been a professional singer, joining to lead the offices.[5]

A subsidiary company was established in The Hague in 1953; originally intended to distribute works in English to continental Europe, it eventually began to directly print Heinemann's books as well.[3]

The company was later acquired by conglomerate Thomas Tilling in 1961. When the impending takeover became known, Graham Greene (who had been with Heinemann since his first work in 1929)[12] led a number of Heinemann authors who protested by taking their works to other publishers, including The Bodley Head, of which Greene was a director.[12][13]

BTR bought Thomas Tilling in 1983, and were not interested in its publishing division, so Heinemann was put on the block. Heinemann was purchased by the Octopus Publishing Group in 1985, and shortly afterwards sold the sprawling Heinemann HQ in rural Kingswood, Surrey for development; Octopus was purchased by Reed International (now Reed Elsevier) in 1987. Heinemann Professional Publishing was merged with Butterworths Scientific in 1990 to form Butterworth-Heinemann.[14] Random House bought Heinemann's trade publishing (now named William Heinemann) in 1997. Heinemann's educational unit became part of Harcourt Education when Reed Elsevier purchased the company in 2001. Pearson purchased the UK, South African, Australian and New Zealand arms of Harcourt Education in May 2007, while Houghton Mifflin purchased the American operations a few months later.

In 1957, Heinemann Educational Books (HEB) created the African Writers Series, spearheaded by Alan Hill and West Africa specialist Van Milne, to focus on publishing the writers of Africa such as Chinua Achebe, who was the first advisory editor of the series. Heinemann was awarded the 1992 Worldaware Award for Social Progress.[15] The series was relaunched by Pearson in 2011.[16][17]

Inspired by the African Writers Series, Leon Comber launched the Writing in Asia Series in 1966 from Singapore. Two Austin Coates books in the series, Myself a Mandarin and City of Broken Promises, became bestsellers, but the series, after publishing more than 70 titles, was to fold in 1984 when Heinemann Asia was taken over by a parent group of publishers.[18]

In 1970, the Caribbean Writers Series — modelled on the African Writers Series — was launched by James Currey and others at HEB to republish work by major Caribbean writers.[19][20]

Published works

  • Backhouse, Sir Edmund; Bland, John Otway Percy (1914). Annals & memoirs of the court of Peking: (from the 16th to the 20th century). W. Heinemann. Retrieved 1 April 2013.


  1. ^ a b The Publishers' Circular and Booksellers' Record of British and Foreign Literature. Sampson Low, Marston & Company. 1895. pp. 49–.
  2. ^ Trübner's American and Oriental Literary Record. Trübner & Company. 1884. pp. 48–.
  3. ^ a b Eliot, Simon; Rose, Jonathan (2009-04-06). A Companion to the History of the Book. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 343–. ISBN 9781405192781. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ Mosse, Werner Eugen; Carlebach, Julius. Second Chance: two centuries of German-speaking Jews in the United Kingdom. Mohr Siebeck. pp. 196–. ISBN 9783161457418. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Kipling, Rudyard (1990). The Letters of Rudyard Kipling: 1920-30. University of Iowa Press. pp. 43–. ISBN 9780877458982. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b Ray, Martin (2007). Joseph Conrad: Memories and Impressions - An Annotated Bibliography. Rodopi. pp. 37–. ISBN 9789042022980. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  7. ^ a b The Bookman. Dodd, Mead and Company. 1895. pp. 214–.
  8. ^ Wertheim, Stanley (1997). A Stephen Crane Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 151–. ISBN 9780313296925. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  9. ^ Checkland, Olive (2003). Japan and Britain After 1859: Creating Cultural Bridges. Psychology Press. pp. 67–. ISBN 9780700717477. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  10. ^ a b c France, Peter (2001-12-13). The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation. Oxford University Press. pp. 503–. ISBN 9780199247844. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  11. ^ Hall, Max (1986). Harvard University Press: A History. Harvard University Press. pp. 64–. ISBN 9780674380806. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  12. ^ a b West, W. J. (2002-08-01). The Quest for Graham Greene. Macmillan. pp. 182–. ISBN 9780312314781. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  13. ^ Greene, Richard (2011-04-20). Graham Greene: A Life in Letters. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 330–. ISBN 9780307369369. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  14. ^ Medlik, S. (2016-06-06). "Publisher's note". Managing Tourism. Elsevier. pp. –. ISBN 978-1-4831-0372-3.
  15. ^ "Worldaware Business Awards 1992 - Williamson Tea Award for Social Progress". Worldaware.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  16. ^ "Pearson revives African Writers Series, calls for submissions", Naija Stories, 4 August 2011.
  17. ^ Nicholas Norbrook, "Publishing Africa Writers Series celebrates 50 years", The Africa Report, 29 February 2012.
  18. ^ Comber, Leon (1991). Asian Voices in English. Hong Kong University Press. pp. 79–86. ISBN 9622092829. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Heinemann Caribbean Writers Series", Oxford Index.
  20. ^ Caribbean Writers Series, Heinemann.

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A Daughter's a Daughter

A Daughter's a Daughter is a novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Heinemann on 24 November 1952. Initially unpublished in the US, it was later issued as a paperback by Dell Publishing in September 1963. It was the fifth of six novels Christie wrote under the nom-de-plume Mary Westmacott. Initially a play written by Christie in the late 1930s, the plot tells of a daughter's opposition to her mother's plan to remarry.

Christie tried to interest Peter Saunders, later the producer of The Mousetrap, in the play in 1950. He suggested amendments to update some of the references, which were now twenty years old, and tried the play out at the Theatre Royal, Bath where it opened on 9 July 1956 and ran for one week and eight performances. It was billed under the Westmacott name but the true identity of the author slipped out resulting in good attendance figures. Saunders however felt it would not survive in the West End and Christie didn't pursue the matter further.Following Christie's death, the copyright for the play was owned by her daughter, Rosalind Hicks, who was unenthusiastic about the play as it was believed that the main character was based on her. Following Hicks' death in 2004, a new production of the play, starring Jenny Seagrove and Honeysuckle Weeks and produced by Bill Kenwright, was to open in London's West End on 14 December 2009. Kenwright described the play as "brutal and incredibly honest" and "It's a good enough play to stand up without the Christie brand. It's quite a tough play. It is a substantial night at the theatre."

A Small Town in Germany

A Small Town in Germany is a 1968 espionage novel by British author John le Carré. It is set in Bonn, the "small town" of the title, against a background of concern that former Nazis were returning to positions of power in West Germany. It is notable for being le Carré's first novel not to feature his recurring protagonist George Smiley or "The Circus," le Carré's fictionalized version of MI6.

A Sparrow Falls

A Sparrow Falls is a 1977 novel by Wilbur Smith. It is one of the Courtney Novels and is set during and after World War One.It was the most popular of Smith's novels in the US to date although it still did not sell as well as in Europe and Africa.

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Drop to His Death

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Honey for the Bears

Honey for the Bears is a 1963 novel by Anthony Burgess.

Mind at the End of Its Tether

Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945) was H. G. Wells' last book - only 34 pages long - which he wrote at the age of 78. In it, Wells considers the idea of humanity being soon replaced by some other, more advanced, species of being. He bases this thought on his long interest in the paleontological record. At the time of writing Wells had not yet heard of the atomic bomb (but had predicted a form of it in his 1914 book The World Set Free).


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Ten Novels and Their Authors

Ten Novels and Their Authors is a 1954 work of literary criticism by William Somerset Maugham. Maugham collects together what he considers to have been the ten greatest novels and writes about the books and the authors. The ten novels are:

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal

Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky

War and Peace by TolstoyThis book was originally a series of magazine articles commissioned by Redbook.

The Black House

The Black House (1981) is a collection of short stories by American author Patricia Highsmith.

The Burden

The Burden is a novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Heinemann on 12 November 1956. Initially not published in the US, it was later issued as a paperback by Dell Publishing in September 1963. It was the last of six novels Christie wrote under the nom-de-plume Mary Westmacott.

The Conqueror (novel)

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The Diamond Hunters

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The Flight of the Phoenix

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The Potato Factory

The Potato Factory is a 1995 fictionalised historical novel by Bryce Courtenay, which was made into a television miniseries in Australia in 2000. The book is the first in a three-part series, followed by Tommo & Hawk and Solomon's Song. The Potato Factory has been the subject of some controversy regarding its historical accuracy and its portrayal of Jewish characters.

The book is based on Ikey Solomon, the so-called "Prince of Fences", and the basis of the Fagin character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Courtenay states in the book's introduction that it is a fictional historical novel based on extensive research, but portrays fictionalised versions of the characters. Author Judith Sackville-O'Donnell, who wrote another book on Ikey Solomon, claimed that the book was inaccurate and anti-Semitic.The book's other main character is a completely fictional woman named Mary Abacus. Abacus goes from serving girl, to prostitute, to high-class madam, to prisoner transported to Tasmania, to successful businesswoman. She gets her name for her outstanding ability to use an abacus.

The story starts in London in the early 19th century. Mary and Ikey start working together as business partners. It follows them as they are separately sent to Tasmania, a penal colony at the time.

The book was made into a four-part miniseries that aired in Australia in 2000.

The Rose and the Yew Tree

The Rose and the Yew Tree is a tragedy novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Heinemann Ltd in November 1948 and in the US by Farrar & Rinehart later in the same year. It is the fourth of six novels Christie published under the nom-de-plume Mary Westmacott.

Twenty-One Stories

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Two Sisters (novel)

Two Sisters is a novelistic memoir by the American writer Gore Vidal. Originally published in 1970 this fairly short novel (174 pages) contains, according to the blurb on the dust jacket of the first edition, "Gore Vidal’s singular speculations on love, sex, death, literature and politics."

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You've Had Your Time

You've Had Your Time, full title: You've Had Your Time: Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess, is the second volume of Anthony Burgess's autobiography. Preceded by Little Wilson and Big God and first published by Heinemann in 1990, it covers a period of 30 years, from Burgess's return to England from Malaya in 1959 through his time in Malta and Rome, and culminating in his move to Monaco.

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