PUBLISHING: Crofter's Crop

When a poor crofter's son named Daniel Macmillan went to London to make his fortune, he had little more than his Scottish canniness and a strong desire to become a book publisher. In 1843, from friends and Author Charles Kingsley, he and younger brother Alexander got a little capital­and something more valuable. Kingsley wrote Westward Ho! for the new firm and got it off to a flying start. By 1896 business was good enough to set up an American firm under British-born George P. Brett and controlled by Macmillan in London. The offspring...

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