Friday, July 01, 2011

Fabulous Faber and Faber

AbeBooks: Fabulous Faber and Faber: Eliot to Ishiguro: "Faber and Faber has been publishing fabulous books since the days of King George V. There was only one Faber – Geoffrey, who took on the firm from its original incarnation as Faber and Gwyer. The second Faber is there purely for the sake of appearance.

Faber and Faber will always be associated with the poet T.S. Eliot, who quit life as a bean counter in Lloyds Bank to work for the publisher. Faber’s first Eliot book was Poems 1909-1925. In some respects, Eliot’s behind-the-scenes work as a publisher is just as important as his own writing. Aside from the author of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Faber and Faber were (and always has been) deeply committed to poetry and its stable of poets during the Eliot era included Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender and Walter de la Mare."

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