acmillan Publishers Ltd. of London is one of the world’s largest and best known English-language publishers. It has offices in over seventy countries on six continents.
Macmillan was founded in 1843 by two Scottish brothers, Alexander and Daniel Macmillan, and until recently was owned by the Macmillan family, who continued to manage the company into the 1970s. One of the involved family members was Harold Macmillan, the British Prime Minister from 1956 to 1963.
Macmillan has a rich literary history, having published the works of, among many others, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lewis Carroll (including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, and William Butler Yeats. Its prominence in trade publishing continues to this day, but it also has great strengths in the educational and scholarly fields including Nature magazine, widely considered the world’s leading scientific journal.
Macmillan Publishers Ltd. is not to be confused with the former New York-based publishing house, Macmillan Publishing Company. A few years after World War II ended, Macmillan Publishers Ltd. sold its U.S. company, which became Macmillan Publishing Company. It grew to be one of the largest U.S. publishing houses. Although they shared the Macmillan name, the London and New York Macmillan companies operated entirely independently of each other. Macmillan Publishing Company ceased to exist as such in the early 1990s. The assets of the company were sold and divided up, resulting in the use of the Macmillan name on various titles and lines of books which are still in the market today.
Macmillan Publishers Ltd was acquired by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH in 1995. As a result of this acquisition, two U.S. publishing houses, St. Martin’s Press and Tor Books, which were subsidiaries of Macmillan, also became subsidiaries of Holtzbrinck. They joined with the other U.S. publishers previously acquired by Holtzbrinck to form the U.S. Holtzbrinck group.
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For more than a century, New York City’s famous Flatiron Building has occupied a piece of curiously-sized real estate at 175 Fifth Avenue, sitting on a small triangular island at 23rd Street and Broadway, facing Madison Square. Designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham in the Beaux-Arts style, it was one of the first buildings to use a steel skeleton and was one of the tallest in Manhattan upon its completion in 1902. Constructed using limestone and terra-cotta, and until fairly recently sporting hydraulic elevators, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, appearing in numerous movies and on countless postcards and posters. Macmillan is currently in the process of renovating some of the Flatiron’s floors in the process of taking over the entire building. The Flatiron’s interior is known for having its strangely-shaped offices with walls that cut through at an angle on their way to the skyscraper’s famous point. These “point” offices are the most coveted and feature amazing northern views that look directly upon another famous Manhattan landmark, the Empire State Building.