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Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687558.001.0001

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A New Start—The English Publishing House Bruno Cassirer Oxford (1940–90)

A New Start—The English Publishing House Bruno Cassirer Oxford (1940–90)

A Bibliographical Examination

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Ark of Civilization

Rahel E. Feilchenfeldt

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the experience of Berlin publisher and refugee Bruno Cassirer and his family, who, under the protection of the English publisher Faber & Faber, managed to re-establish their publishing business in England as Bruno Cassirer Publishers Ltd, publishing their first book in 1940. After Bruno’s death in 1941, his son-in-law George Hill (Berlin-born refugee Dr Günther Hell) took over the business, assisted first by his wife Agnes and later Elsie Hill. During 50 years, until the closure of the firm in 1990, they published some 120 titles. The chapter illustrates the struggle of an erudite and idealistic refugee publisher and his intellectual and artistic circle in Oxford. A short survey is given of the world and books of the famous Bruno Cassirer Berlin. The start of the English firm, continuity, and new horizons of Bruno Cassirer Oxford (BCO) reveal a semi-hidden chapter in the history of publishing.

Keywords:   Bruno Cassirer Berlin, Bruno Cassirer Oxford, Bruno Cassirer Publishers Ltd, business, Faber & Faber, George Hill, publishing

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