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Title: The history of the Hogarth Press : 1917-1923; a bibliographical study, with critical discussion of selected publications.
Author: Olson, Stanley B.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3458 6378
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1972
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The Hogarth Press was founded in 1917 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf, primarily as a therapeutic diversion for Virginia. The 'hobby' aspect of the Press was retained for many years, and the appearance of the first books reflects the amateurism of the publishers and printers. Being merely a diversion, the Press stands in a unique biographical position since each book reflects the tastes of the Woolfs. As publishers, the Woolfs drew on the multifarious talents of their friends and acquaintances to write books, design covers, execute illustrations, and latterly, work with them. In 1919 and 1920 the Press evolved from its distinctly diversionary position to that of a publishing firm. The Woolfs realised that they could not keep full rein on the growing Press without sacrificing in part their own careers as writers. Growth in turn meant employees, and employees meant problems for Leonard who became curiously and uncharacteristically irrational about his Press. But growth also meant that the Press could keep pace with Virginia's own development as a novelist and essayist, setting her free from the anguish of vast impersonal publishers. The Press is investigated to 1923 both as a biographical aspect of the Woolfs' life, and as an entity in itself. Both published and unpublished material have been consulted. The published books themselves are important and certain volumes are selected for critical discussion. Apart from Virginia's own books, the Russian translations stand as the single most important series of Hogarth publications. The employment of Ralph Partridge which culminated in March, 1923 sets the standard for what was to become a series of unsuccessful employee/ employer relationships. The Press is both a backdrop and a main character in the following pages.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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