Stoddart Publishing

Stoddart Publishing was a Canadian book publisher and distributor, owned by Jack Stoddart, which ceased operations in 2002.[1]

Stoddart Publishing
Parent companyGeneral Publishing Co.
Country of originCanada
Key peopleJack Stoddart
Publication typesBooks


General Publishing purchased Musson in 1967 from Hodder & Stoughton. Stoddart Publishing took over the Canadian publishing line of Musson in 1984.[2]

In 1995, Stoddart published a book by photographer Jock Carroll, Glenn Gould: Some Portraits of the Artist as a Young Man, being a collection of photographs of the late Canadian pianist, accompanied by captions written by Carroll. The photographs and narrative were based on an interview with and photos taken by Carroll of Glenn Gould in 1956, at the initiative of Gould's agent. Gould had died in 1982. Gould's estate and his personal corporation sued Stoddart and Carroll for misappropriation of personality without consent or compensation. The actions were unsuccessful, based on Gould's unrestricted consent given at the time of the 1956 photo session and interview.[3]

Stoddart Publishing was a subsidiary of General Publishing Co., which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002. The bankruptcy affected the majority of the corporate subsidiaries, including Stoddart Publishing.[4] At the time that Stoddart ceased operations, it was the publisher of a number of notable Canadian writers, including Arthur Black, Pierre Berton, Thomas d'Aquino, Rod McQueen, David Foot, David Suzuki, Walter Stewart and Judy Rebick.[1] As well as publishing the first autobiography of Canadian professional wrestler Bret Hart.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Uncredited, Book giant Stoddart files for creditor protection. CBC News, May 1, 2002. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ "Distribution Winds Down; Musson Unit Folds". Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  3. ^ Gould Estate v. Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd., 39 Ontario Reports (3d) 545 (Ontario Court of Appeal).
  4. ^ Leah Eichler, General Publishing files for bankruptcy protection. Publishers Weekly, May 6, 2002. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  5. ^ McEvoy, Dermot (March 20, 2000). "Hitting to All Fields: Sports publishing brings its game to new categories and new markets". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  6. ^ Quested, Kirsty (February 1, 2005). "WRESTLING BOOKS: Bret "Hitman" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be, Review". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2016-05-05.