George P. Brockway

George P. Brockway, former president and chairman of publishing house W.W. Norton & Co., died Oct. 5 in Chappaqua, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 85 and was credited with keeping the firm independent and employee-owned.

He served as president 1958-1976 and then chairman until 1984, at which point he retired. During his tenure, Norton published numerous books that inspired TV programs and films. Among the bestsellers published during that time were Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique,” Fawn Brodie’s “Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History,” Judge John Sirica’s “To Set the Record Straight” (about the Watergate case) and Norman Cousins’ “Anatomy of an Illness.”

Brockway and a colleague also bought the book rights to Robert F. Kennedy’s account of the Cuban missile crisis, “Thirteen Days,” which became a bestseller.

Brockway additionally created the Norton Anthologies in the 1950s, a still-continuing series of collections of writings that have sold more than 20 million copies.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading