Victor Gollancz Ltd

Victor Gollancz Ltd


Gollancz was left-inclined in politics and a supporter of socialist movements. This is reflected in some of the books he published. Victor Gollancz commissioned George Orwell to write about the urban working class in the North of England, the result was "The Road to Wigan Pier". His break with Orwell came when he declined to publish Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War "Homage to Catalonia"; the pair having drifted apart on political grounds. He did publish "The Red Army Moves" by Geoffrey Cox on the Winter War which was critical of the Soviet attack on Finland, but also foresaw that the Red Army would defeat the Germans.

Gollancz was the original publisher of a number of famous authors and their books including:
*George Orwell with "Down and Out in Paris and London" in 1933
*Alfred Ayer with "Language, Truth and Logic" in 1936
*A. J. Cronin with "The Citadel" in 1937
*Daphne du Maurier with "Rebecca" in 1938
*Kingsley Amis with "Lucky Jim" in 1953
*E.P. Thompson with "The Making of the English Working Class" in 1963
*Anthony Price with "The Labyrinth Makers" in 1971.

Many of Gollancz's books were published in one of their familiar house dust jackets, of which the most famous was bright yellow, with the title and author rendered in a vibrant, bold typography.

Upon Gollancz's death in 1967, his daughter, Livia, became controlling director. She sold it to Houghton Mifflin in 1989. Three years later, in October 1992, Houghton Mifflin sold Gollancz to Cassell. In 1998, the Orion Publishing Group purchased Gollancz from Cassell and turned it into its science fiction and fantasy imprint, Gollancz Science Fiction VGSF.

In 2005 Gollancz set up a manga publishing arm, Gollancz Manga, which publishes UK editions of various Viz Media properties.

The following titles have been published:
*"Case Closed" ("Detective Conan")
*"Dragon Ball"
*"Fushigi Yūgi"
*"Flame of Recca"
*"Maison Ikkoku"
*"One Piece"
*"Rurouni Kenshin"
*"Yu-Gi-Oh!" (Volumes 1-7 and "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist")


* Edwards, Ruth Dudley. "Victor Gollancz: A Biography". London: V. Gollancz, 1987. ISBN 0575031751.
* Hodges, Sheila. "Gollancz: The Story of a Publishing House, 1928–1978". London: V. Gollancz, 1978. ISBN 057502447X.

External links

* [ Orion Publishing Group] official website

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