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The Atlantic Monthly Press was founded in 1917 as the publishing division of the Atlantic Monthly Company, publishers of the Atlantic Monthly magazine. Ellery Sedwick, editor of the Atlantic Monthly from 1909 to 1938, envisioned the press as a means to publish books expanded from articles and stories originally published in the Atlantic Monthly. The press had few best sellers, and, in 1925, Little, Brown and Company acquired the Atlantic Monthly Press through a merger arranged by Sedwick. In "After 50 Years, People Still Ask What is the Atlantic Monthly Press?" Peter Davison described the relationship between the press and Little, Brown and Co.: "The Atlantic Monthly Press solicits and procures books which are then published by Little, Brown and Co. in association with the Atlantic Monthly Co. These are two distinct corporations: no employee of one is an employee of another" (Publishers Weekly, Oct. 16, 1967). The involvement of Little, Brown and Co. in the press was limited to copy editing, printing, and publicity.

Under Little, Brown, the press had more success with books such as Good-Bye, Mr. Chips (1934) and Drums Along the Mohawk (1936). However, not until the 1950s and 1960s did the press finally achieve financial and critical success with a series of critically acclaimed bestsellers. Among the books that led to this success was Katherine Anne Porter's Ship of Fools (1962). Originally Porter's contract to write the novel was with Harcourt, Brace, but, in the mid 1950s, Atlantic Monthly Press's associate editor Seymour Lawrence convinced Porter to change publishers. Lawrence was closely involved with Porter as she worked to complete the novel that had been in progress for over twenty-five years. In Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1996), Janis P. Stout describes Lawrence's role in the completion of Ship of Fools as "a remarkable instance of literary midwifery." Without his devotion to Porter and her work, it is unlikely that Ship of Fools would ever have been completed.

Atlantic Monthly Press also published Porter's The Never-Ending Wrong (1977), the account of her participation in the demonstrations associated with the executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in 1927. In 1993, Atlantic Monthly merged with Grove Press to form Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

From the guide to the Archives of the Atlantic Monthly, 1966-1980, 1976-1980, (Literature and Rare Books)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Herbert, Anthony B. Anthony B. Herbert collection, 1930-2009. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Douglas Tilden Papers, 1860-1970 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Atlantic Monthly Press. Atlantic Monthly Press correspondence relating to Walter Dumaux Edmonds, 1940-1942. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn James Tate Papers TXRC05-A10003., 1944-1998 (bulk 1962-1998) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Papers, 1944-1981. Houghton Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn Levin, Harry. Harry Levin Papers. 1920-1995. Houghton Library
referencedIn Martha Dickinson Bianchi correspondence concerning publication of the poetry of the American poet, Emily Dickinson:, 1881-1943 (inclusive), 1925-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Atlantic Monthly Press. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Atlantic Monthly Press. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1953. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Shiverick, Nathan C. Joram's feast : manuscript, 1962-1963. Houghton Library
referencedIn Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006. Stanley Kunitz papers, 1919-2003 (bulk 1960-1990). Princeton University Library
referencedIn Lillian Hellman Papers TXRC05-A10005., 1904-1984 (bulk 1934-1984) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Rapport Communications. [Press kit for Richard Ford's Atlantic Monthly Press' 1987 publication Rock Springs: stories]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Art Poster File, [1890]-1910, (bulk 1895-1896) New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Atlantic Monthly Press. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
referencedIn Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda, 1767-1914 (bulk 1850-1914) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Free Library of Philadelphia Collection of Literary Manuscripts, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
referencedIn Papers, 1878-1972. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-1990. Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf Guillén, Jorge, 1893-1984. Jorge Guillén archives, 1951-1964 (bulk 1963-1964). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1818-1979 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Correspondence, 1955-1962. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn Weeks, Edward, 1898-1989. Personal and professional papers, 1918-1989. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn James family publication accounts and correspondence, 1890-1923. Houghton Library
creatorOf Atlantic Monthly Press. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1944-1958. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Tate, James, 1943-. James Tate Papers, 1944-1998 (bulk 1962-1998). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Richard Aldrich papers, 1842-1956 (inclusive), 1883-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers of Mary Lee, (inclusive), (bulk), 1834-1982, 1915-1949 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn American war posters from the First World War, circa 1914-circa 1919, bulk 1917-1919 Bancroft Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Nahum Sabsay papers, 1924-1969. Houghton Library
referencedIn James B. Pinker and Son correspondence concerning John Galsworthy, 1901-1946. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hulme, Kathryn, 1900-1981. Kathryn Hulme papers, 1846-1981 (bulk 1945-1981). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907. Thomas Bailey Aldrich collection, 1856-1898. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Papers, 1922-1965 (inclusive), 1925-1952 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn L. E. Sissman additional papers, 1946-1989. Houghton Library
referencedIn Kathryn Hulme papers, 1846-1981, 1945-1981 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn George P. Garrett Papers, 1929-2008, (bulk 1960-2000) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Atlantic Monthly Press. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1948-1997. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf McGinley, Phyllis, 1905-1978. Lillian Hellman Papers, 1904-1984 (bulk 1934-1984). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Thompson, Dunstan, 1918-1975. Papers of Dunstan Thompson, 1865-2009 (bulk 1918-2008). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006. Atlantic Monthly Press author files of Stanley Kunitz, 1965-1983. Princeton University Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Abels, Cyrilly. person
associatedWith Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937 person
associatedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
correspondedWith ANNIE WARE (WINSOR) ALLEN, 1865-1955 person
associatedWith Atlantic Monthly corporateBody
correspondedWith Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943 person
associatedWith Chapman, R. W. (Robert William), 1881-1960 person
associatedWith Cloud, Dudley H. person
associatedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. person
associatedWith Curtis, C. Michael. person
associatedWith Davison, Peter. person
associatedWith Edmonds, Walter Dumaux, 1903- person
associatedWith Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. person
associatedWith Free Library of Philadelphia. corporateBody
correspondedWith Garrett, George P., 1929-2008 person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Guillén, Jorge, 1893-1984. person
associatedWith Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984 person
associatedWith Herbert, Anthony B. person
associatedWith Hulme, Kathryn, 1900-1981. person
correspondedWith James B. Pinker and Son. corporateBody
correspondedWith James family. family
associatedWith Kerr, Chester. person
associatedWith Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006. person
associatedWith La Piana, George, 1879-1971 person
correspondedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Little, Brown and Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Mary Lee, 1891-1982 person
associatedWith McGinley, Phyllis, 1905-1978. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Ober, Harold, 1881-1959. person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Porter, Katherine Anne person
correspondedWith Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980 person
associatedWith Porter, Paul. person
associatedWith Rapport Communications. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sabsay, Nahum, 1890- person
associatedWith Shiverick, Nathan C. person
correspondedWith Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976 person
correspondedWith Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976 person
associatedWith Tate, James, 1943- person
associatedWith Thompson, Dunstan, 1918-1975. person
correspondedWith Tilden, Douglas, 1860-1935 person
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Weeks, Edward, 1898-1989. person
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Authors and publishers--Archival resources
Authors, American--20th century--Archives
American literature--20th century
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Establishment 1917

Disestablishment 1993

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