John Lane Company.

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British publishing house, active 1887 to 1936.

From the description of Records of the John Lane Company, 1856-1933 (bulk, 1894-1930). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122589865

The future publisher of The Yellow Book and other works that typify Nineties literary decadence was born into a Devon farming family on March 14, 1854. In his mid teens John Lane migrated to London and soon found employment as a clerk in the Railway Clearing House. An ambitious and energetic autodidact, Lane had by the mid 1880s gained the knowledge, interest, and capital to consider entering the London book trade. A chance association with Elkin Mathews quickly led the pair into a partnership, culminating in the creation in 1887 of the Bodley Head, a firm initially involved in the antiquarian book trade.

Within a few years the Bodley Head had begun publishing limited editions to appeal to a sophisticated market, attracting such authors and illustrators as Oscar Wilde, Richard Le Gallienne, Aubrey Beardsley, and Charles Ricketts. Elkin Mathews was increasingly unhappy with the direction the firm was taking, and in 1894 the partnership was terminated. Lane retained the firm's imprint and to it prefixed his own name: John Lane the Bodley Head. In 1896 he opened a New York branch.

In the same year as Mathews' departure Lane launched the audacious Yellow Book, with Henry Harland as editor. The flamboyant periodical quickly became the talk of literary London, but the uproar produced by Oscar Wilde's legal difficulties and public reaction against the artistically esoteric hastened the end of The Yellow Book in 1897. Lane's 1898 marriage to a wealthy American author, Anna Eichberg King, perhaps abetted his own increasingly conservative commercial and artistic instincts, and after the Yellow Book debacle he pursued a more conventional course.

In the early years of the twentieth century John Lane broadened the scope of his publishing activities, issuing a considerable range of nonfiction and, most notably, prose fiction. An array of fashionable authors including Arnold Bennett, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Ford Madox Ford, C. S. Forester, Kenneth Grahame, Stephen Leacock, W. J. Locke, Alice Meynell, J. B. Priestley, Saki, and H. G. Wells were closely associated with the Bodley Head imprint into the 1920s.

Lane's personal interest in visual art found an outlet in The Speakers of the House of Commons from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1911). The principal text was by Arthur I. Dasent, but the notes on the portraits of the speakers were by Lane himself.

Following World War One the Bodley Head became a limited liability company as Hubert Carr-Gomme and Ronald Boswell joined the firm, along with Allen Lane, a young cousin of John. At the time of John Lane's death on February 2, 1925, the firm was in decline, culminating in its bankruptcy in 1936. At that point a consortium of publishers acquired the firm's name and assets, while Allen Lane, having recently founded Penguin Books, went on to a successful career in that venture.

From the guide to the John Lane Company Records TXRC00-A11., 1856-1933, bulk 1894-1930, (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin)

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creatorOf John Lane Company Records TXRC00-A11., 1856-1933, bulk 1894-1930 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf John Lane Company. Correspondence, 1911-13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lee, Vernon, 1856-1935. Violet Paget letters and manuscript, 1885-1925. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Humbert Wolfe collection of papers, 1901-1944 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf John Lane Company. Records of the John Lane Company, 1856-1933 (bulk, 1894-1930). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900,. Autograph letter signed from Oscar Wilde, Worthing, to John Lane, publishers [manuscript], ca. 1893. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf John Lane Company. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1906-1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf John Lane Company Records TXRC00-A11., 1856-1933, bulk 1894-1930 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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Great Britain
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Great Britain, Intellectural lifestyle, 20th century, Sources
Lane, John, 1854-1925
Great Britain, Intellectual lifestyle, 19th century, Sources
Publishers and publishing Great Britain Biography
John Lane Company
Publishers and publishing--Biography
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