Lee & Shepard

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Lee & Shepard (1862-1905) was a publishing and bookselling firm in Boston, Massachusetts in the 19th century, established by William Lee (1826–1906) and Charles Augustus Billings Shepard (1829–1889)[1][2][3] Authors published by the firm included: George Melville Baker;[4] Sophie May; Henry Morgan; Oliver Optic; William Carey Richards;[5] Francis Henry Underwood;[6] Madeline Leslie[7] and Levina Buoncuore Urbino. The business conducted its operations from offices at 149 Washington St. (ca.1872); the corner of Franklin and Hawley St. (1873–1885); and "adjoining the Old South," no.10 Milk St. (ca.1885).[8]

William Lee
Charles A.B. Shepard

One of the first titles issued by the firm was the diary of Adam Gurowski, reviewed in 1862 by the New York Evening Post: "This work is a crabbed specimen of authorship. ... The humor of it is sometimes that of Thersites, when his thorny tongue lashed the heroes of the camp, and sometimes that of Caliban when he cursed the arts of his superiors. ... Yet it is a book to be carefully read. Under its rough and prickly burr there is a nutritive nut."[9]

In 1905 Lee & Shepard merged with the Lothrop Company to form Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.[10]

Lothrop, Lee & Shepard was eventually acquired by William Morrow and Company, which would be acquired by HarperCollins in 1999.[11] Lothrop shut down its children's division soon after the acquisition.[12] Lothrop is now an Imprint of Harpercollins.[13]

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  1. ^ Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society: 1880-1889
  2. ^ Shepard had a previous publishing and bookselling firm in the 1850s: Shepard, Clark & Co.; cf. Boston Directory. 1856
  3. ^ "Charles A.B. Shepard." Publishers Weekly, Feb. 2, 1889; p.98-99
  4. ^ WorldCat. Baker, George Melville 1832-1890
  5. ^ WorldCat. Richards, William C. (William Carey) 1818-1892
  6. ^ WorldCat. Underwood, Francis Henry 1825-1894
  7. ^ "Madeline Leslie". www.worldcat.org. WorldCat. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  8. ^ Austin. 1885
  9. ^ Quoted in: The Living Age, No. 971, 10 January 1863
  10. ^ a b Boston notes: The Consolidation of Lothrop Company and Lee & Shepard. New York Times, September 3, 1904. [1]
  11. ^ http://www.hearst.com/newsroom/news-corporation-announces-plans-to-acquire-william-morrow-company-and-avon-books-from-the-hearst-corporation
  12. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/19991013/39614-harpercollins-morrow-merge-children-s-divisions.html
  13. ^ Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books - Publisher Contact Information Retrieved 2013-01-17.

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