Alfred A. Knopf: An Introducer of Spanish Literature in the American Publishing Market

By Fernando González Ariza.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Published online: April 4, 2014 $US5.00

Alfred A. Knopf founded the publishing house that carries his name in 1915 in New York. The publishing market was, at the time, controlled by the big publishers of the nineteenth century; thus, he took his quest for new writers to Europe. As a result, Knopf became the publisher of important writers such as Katherine Mansfield, André Gide, Sigrid Undset, Thomas Mann, and D. H. Lawrence. Focusing on Spain, he made an interesting selection of literature unknown in the United States. Very soon after, he published Pío Baroja, Blasco Ibáñez, Azorín, and Unamuno, and later in the century, he introduced Luca de Tena, Martín Descalzo, Gironella, and Juan Goytisolo among others.

Keywords: History of American Publishing Houses, Contempory Spanish Novelists, Intellectual Property

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.35-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 4, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 217.080KB)).

Prof. Fernando González Ariza

Associate Professor, Department of Philology, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain

Fernando González-Ariza (Madrid, 1978) completed his Ph.D. in Spanish Philology at the Complutense University of Madrid. He also holds a Master’s degree in Publishing Management from the University of Salamanca. He teaches Literature in the Faculty of Humanities at CEU University of Madrid. He has worked in several Spanish publishing houses. He has recently published two books related to the publishing market: El premio Planeta: historia y estrategias editoriales and Literatura española y mercado editorial (1950-2000), as well as a number of articles in international reviews. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, the University of Texas and New York University.


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