Simon & Schuster, Inc.
, a division of CBS Corporation
, is a publisher
founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon
and M. Lincoln ("Max") Schuster. It is one of the four largest English-language publishers, alongside Random House
. It publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints.
first appeared in the New York World
in 1913, and soon became a popular feature in newspapers. In 1924, Simon's aunt, a crossword puzzle devotee, asked Simon whether there was a book of these puzzles that she could give to a friend. Simon discovered that none had been published, and, with Schuster, launched a company to exploit the opportunity.Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's
, p. 165. ISBN 0060956658.
To attract attention, the book came with a pencil attached. The advertising campaign implied that it was about to become a new fad:
The ad proved prophetic, and crossword puzzles were indeed the craze of 1924. Simon & Schuster continues to be the preeminent U.S. publisher of crossword puzzle books.
In 1939, with Robert Fair de Graff, Simon & Schuster founded Pocket Books
, America's first paperback publisher.
In 1942, Simon & Schuster, or "Essandess"... Read More