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W. W. Norton & Company
W. W. Norton & Company
Status Active
Founded 1923; 95 years ago (1923)
Founder William Warder Norton
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location 500 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York
Key people W. Drake McFeely President
Publication types Books
Imprints Countryman, Liveright
Number of employees 450
Official website wwnorton.com

W. W. Norton & Company is an American publishing company based in New York City. It has been owned wholly by its employees since the early 1960s. The company is known for its "Norton Anthologies" (particularly the Norton Anthology of English Literature) and its texts in the "Norton Critical Editions" series, the latter of which are frequently assigned in university literature courses.


The roots of the company date back to 1923, when William Warder Norton founded the firm with his wife Mary Norton, and became its first president.[1] Storer D. Lunt took over in 1945 after Norton's death, and was succeeded by George Brockway (1957–1976), Donald S. Lamm (1976–1994), and now W. Drake McFeely (1994–present).[2]


W. W. Norton & Company is an employee-owned publisher in the United States,[3] which publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, college textbooks, cookbooks, art books, and professional books.[4]


  1. "Norton History". W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. "Gale Directory of Company Histories: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.". Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. "Norton History". W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. "Stock Page for W. W. Norton & Company". BusinessWeek.com. 

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