HarperCollins is launching a global campaign to celebrate the company's 200th anniversary; its centerpiece is a website that showcases the publisher's history.
The website includes images from the company's archives, short stories that illustrate significant moments in HarperCollins history, a timeline and the HarperCollins 200, "a global collection of 200 iconic HarperCollins titles--beloved books that have inspired, informed, entertained, and endured." The titles include Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
|In 1895, Mark Twain signs an exclusive contract with Harper & Brothers.
In addition, the website will be a springboard for activities created by local teams around the world, including a campaign to support literacy and reading, charity projects, and an exhibition of historical items at the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New York City.
"We're excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary and give thanks to the employees, authors, librarians, booksellers, and consumers who've been instrumental in helping HarperCollins become a part of the global literary culture over the last 200 years," CEO Brian Murray said. "Our goal today is unchanged from what our founders set out to achieve two centuries ago--to help authors and their works reach their fullest potential and widest readership. We hope to continue to entertain, educate, and inspire generations of readers for centuries to come."
Robert Thomson, CEO of parent company News Corp., added: "We are proud of the provenance of HarperCollins and the works of our great writers and editors that have echoed through the centuries and will resonate for centuries to come. For HarperCollins, the past is a prelude to a profoundly successful future."