The House of Harper: A Century of Publishing in Franklin Square

The House of Harper: A Century of Publishing in Franklin Square

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The House of Harper: A Century of Publishing in Franklin Square

The House of Harper: A Century of Publishing in Franklin Square

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In memory of the four Harper brothers, these reminiscences of the publishing house they founded, and the brilliant authors and contributors their energy gathered around them, are brought together. At the outset I promise that all dry statistics shall be scrupulously omitted, and the family tree shall not be entirely denuded of its foliage.

I desire to acknowledge with gratitude my indebtedness to John F. Phayre for his assistance in the preparation of these memoirs. Mr. Phayre preceded me in Franklin Square by five years, and was at the time of my arrival in 1869 a confidential clerk of my cousin, Joseph W. Harper, Jr. After I had spent about a year in the composingroom working at the case, and a short time in the packing and shipping department to become familiar with our stock, I was placed under Mr. Phayre’s care, with a view to mastering the intricacies of the literary department. For over forty years our desks have been within a few feet of each other, and on every occasion when I have turned to him for advice or information, and the occasions have been frequent and the problems often complicated and delicate, I have never found him wanting. The intimate friendship which has grown up between us is deep-rooted and has never once been interrupted.

I am also beholden to the late William H. Demarest . . .

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