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Victor Gollancz Ltd (/ˈvɪktər ɡəˈlæns, -ˈlænts/) was a major British book publishing house of the twentieth century. It was founded in 1927 by Victor Gollancz and specialised in the publication of high quality literature, nonfiction and popular fiction, including crime, detective, mystery, thriller and science fiction. Upon Gollancz's death in 1967, ownership passed to his daughter, Livia, who sold it to Houghton Mifflin in 1989. Three years later, in October 1992, Houghton Mifflin sold Gollancz to the publishing house Cassell & Co. Cassell and Orion Publishing Group
Orion Publishing Group
were acquired by Hachette in 1996,[1] and in December 1998 the merged Orion/Cassell group turned Gollancz into its science fiction/fantasy imprint.


1 Origins as a political house 2 Transition to science fiction and fantasy genres 3 Expansion into manga 4 SF Gateway website 5 Accolades 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Origins as a political house[edit] Gollancz was left-inclined in politics and a supporter of socialist movements. This is reflected in some of the books he published. Victor Gollancz commissioned George Orwell
George Orwell
to write about the urban working class in the North of England; the result was The Road to Wigan Pier. His break with Orwell came when he declined to publish Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia, the pair having drifted apart on political grounds. He did publish The Red Army Moves by Geoffrey Cox on the Winter War, which was critical of the Soviet attack on Finland, but also foresaw that the Red Army would defeat the Germans. He also published works by German exiles, such as Hilde Meisel. Gollancz was the original publisher of a number of authors and their books including:

George Orwell
George Orwell
with Down and Out in Paris and London
Down and Out in Paris and London
in 1933 Alfred Ayer
Alfred Ayer
with Language, Truth and Logic
Language, Truth and Logic
in 1936 A. J. Cronin
A. J. Cronin
with The Citadel in 1937 Daphne du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier
with Rebecca in 1938 Kingsley Amis
Kingsley Amis
with Lucky Jim
Lucky Jim
in 1953 Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson
with The Outsider in 1956 E. P. Thompson
E. P. Thompson
with The Making of the English Working Class
The Making of the English Working Class
in 1963 Anthony Price with The Labyrinth Makers in 1971.

Many of Gollancz's books were published in one of their familiar house dust jackets, of which the most famous was bright yellow, with the title and author rendered in a vibrant, bold typography. Transition to science fiction and fantasy genres[edit] In 1998 Gollancz was developed into a science fiction and fantasy imprint Gollancz Science Fiction after it was acquired by Orion Publishing Group. Gollancz then proceeded to manage the SF Masterworks series, previously overseen by Orion sister-imprint Millennium. Gollancz has published award-winning and award-nominated books by, among others:[1]

Joe Abercrombie J.G. Ballard
J.G. Ballard
(later works) Stephen Baxter Greg Bear Jonathan Carroll Mark Chadbourn Arthur C. Clarke Michael Coney Robert Cormier Peter Delacorte Thomas Disch Stephen R. Donaldson Christopher Evans Jaine Fenn Maggie Furey Mary Gentle William Gibson Jon Grimwood Michael Harrison Joe Hill Robert Holdstock Stephen Hunt Gwyneth Jones Graham Joyce Roger Levy James Lovegrove Scott Lynch Paul McAuley Ian McDonald George R. R. Martin Richard Morgan Terry Pratchett Christopher Priest Robert V.S. Redick Alastair Reynolds Keith Roberts Adam Roberts Patrick Rothfuss Geoff Ryman Robert J. Sawyer Robert Shaw Dan Simmons Alison Sinclair John Sladek Bruce Sterling Ian Watson Gene Wolfe

Expansion into manga[edit]

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In 2005 Gollancz set up a manga publishing arm, Gollancz Manga, which published UK editions of various Viz Media
Viz Media
properties. As of 2014, Gollancz no longer publish manga and Viz Media
Viz Media
have re-released the publisher's series. The following titles have been published:

Case Closed volumes 1–15

Dragon Ball volumes 1–16

Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball
Z volumes 1–4

Fushigi Yūgi volumes 1–17

Flame of Recca volumes 1–10

Maison Ikkoku volumes 1–15

One Piece volumes 1–12

Rurouni Kenshin volumes 1–16

Yu-Gi-Oh! volumes 1–7

Duelist volumes 1–15

SF Gateway website[edit] In 2011, Gollancz launched the SF Gateway website, an online library that features out-of-print science fiction books republished as e-books. Gollancz aims to make 5,000 or more books available by 2014 and the website will be integrated with the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.[2] Accolades[edit] In terms of the number of published works that have been nominated for major awards, Gollancz ranks as one of the field's top publishers of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction.[3] See also[edit]

Left Book Club Common Sense political series


^ "Worlds Without End Science Fiction and Fantasy
publishers". Worlds Without End. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 

^ https://www.hachette.com.au/Information/CompanyHistory.page ^ Neill, Graeme (20 July 2011). "Gollancz opens sci-fi Gateway to e-books". The Bookseller. Retrieved 6 April 2012.  ^ "Top SF/F/H Publishers". Worlds Without End. Retrieved October 2015.  Check date values in: access-date= (help)

Further reading[edit]

Edwards, Ruth Dudley. Victor Gollancz: A Biography. London: V. Gollancz, 1987. ISBN 0-575-03175-1. Hodges, Sheila. Gollancz: The Story of a Publishing House, 1928–1978. London: V. Gollancz, 1978. ISBN 0-575-02447-X. Williams, Richard and Ralph Spurrier. Gollancz Crime Fiction 1928-1988: A Checklist of the First Editions, with a Guide to their Values. Scunthorpe: Dragonby Press, 1989. ISBN 187112204X.

External links[edit]

Official website SF Gateway Catalogue of the Victor Gollancz Ltd archives, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

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Burmese Days
Burmese Days
(1934) A Clergyman's Daughter
A Clergyman's Daughter
(1935) Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
(1936) Coming Up for Air (1939) Animal Farm
Animal Farm
(1945) Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four


Down and Out in Paris and London
Down and Out in Paris and London
(1933) The Road to Wigan Pier
The Road to Wigan Pier
(1937) Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia


"A Hanging" (1931) "The Spike" (1931) "Bookshop Memories" (1936) "Shooting an Elephant" (1936) "Spilling the Spanish Beans" (1937) "Boys' Weeklies" (1940) "Inside the Whale" (1940) "My Country Right or Left" (1940) "England Your England" (1941) "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius" (1941) "The Art of Donald McGill" (1940) "Poetry and the Microphone" (1943) "Raffles and Miss Blandish" (1944) "Good Bad Books" (1945) "Notes on Nationalism" (1945) "Books v. Cigarettes" (1946) "Confessions of a Book Reviewer" (1946) "Decline of the English Murder" (1946) "A Good Word for the Vicar of Bray" (1946) "How the Poor Die" (1946) "The Moon Under Water" (1946) "A Nice Cup of Tea" (1946) "Pleasure Spots" (1946) "Politics and the English Language" (1946) "The Politics of Starvation" (1946) "Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels" (1946) "The Prevention of Literature" (1946) "Riding Down from Bangor" (1946) "Second Thoughts on James Burnham" (1946) "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad" (1946) "Why I Write" (1946) "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool" (1947) "The English People" (1947) "Such, Such Were the Joys" (1952)


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