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Čapkův anglický nakladatel
Čapek’s English Publisher

Author(s): Jana Šlancarová
Subject(s): Media studies, Recent History (1900 till today), Czech Literature
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: Karel Čapek; Stanley Unwin; Allen and Unwin; publishing history; publishing house; United Kingdom; England;

Summary/Abstract: This study describes how Karel Čapek’s books were being prepared in British publishing house Allen and Unwin. The research focuses on Stanley Unwin, its director, and his role in the process from the late 1920s until late 1960s. After the publisher is introduced, the main phases of the publishing process are reconstructed on the basis of the correspondence from the Allen and Unwin archive. In comparison with other publishing houses (Oxford University Press, Geoffrey Bles) the high standards of Unwin’s publishing house stand out. Unwin’s admiration of Čapek’s works also strengthened the collaboration and in fact made him also Čapek’s agent and advocate – which can be seen as a result and at the same time one of the causes of Karel Čapek’s popularity abroad. This text can also serve as an example of how publishing history was shaped by real people more than by circumstances.

  • Issue Year: 19/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 107-123
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Czech