The Secret Life of a Book - A Writer's Survival Blog

I was looking through the clearance shelves at Half Price Books and came across a worn, old book, which I bought for two dollars.  It was small and had a damaged spine.   The cover read, “The New Hudson Shakespeare” with the initials, “W.S.” embossed on the cover.


Carefully opening it, I flipped a few pages and saw this was The Tragedy of Hamlet.


The book was clearly old, and the copyright was 1909 by Ginn and Company, an imprint of The Athenaeum Press in Boston U.S.A. 

3-copyright date

Some more queries in Bing and I learned Ginn and Company was a major textbook publishing house of the day.  They later became part of the Penguin Group.

The building they occupied in Cambridge, MA was huge – 380,000 square feet, and very ornate, topped by a statue of Athena.  The building still stands today and has multiple tenants, including the Le Cordon Bleu…

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