Holt, Henry, 1840–1926, American author and publisher, b. Baltimore. In 1866 he became a partner in the publishing firm that became (1873) Henry Holt & Company. He was the author of several novels and the autobiographical Garrulities of an Octogenarian Editor (1923). Henry Holt & Company merged to become Holt, Rinehart, & Winston (1960), which was acquired first by the Columbia Broadcasting System and then by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (1986), at which time Henry Holt & Company was again separated out and sold to the German publisher Holtzbrinck.
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Holt, Henry(1840–1926) publisher, author; born in Baltimore, Md. Obtaining a law degree in 1866, he formed a publishing company with Frederick Leypoldt, organized in 1873 as Henry Holt & Company. His writings include the popular novels, Calmire, Man and Nature (1892) and Sturmsee, Man and Man (1905), and a highly regarded memoir, Garrulities of an Octogenarian Editor (1923).
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