Peter Owen, 1927-2016. RIP.

Post date: Jun 05, 2016 10:37:39 PM

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Peter Owen, 1927-2016. RIP.

- founder of Peter Owen Publishers has passed away -

posted 5 Jun 2016, 23:37

It was with sadness that we received the news that Peter Owen has passed away, peacefully on the morning of 31 May 2016, following a short illness. He had celebrated his 89th birthday in February. We extend our sympathies to his family and friends, including his colleagues at Peter Owen Publishers with whom we have enjoyed a warm relationship since the publication of Sophia of Hanover: from Winter Princess to Heiress of Great Britain, 1630 – 1714 in 2010.

Of course, in a long and distinguished career, a wide and eclectic range of titles were published under his imprint, including works by authors who include ten Nobel Prize winners among their ranks - an impressive achievement for an independent publisher. Full details of his life and career can be found in the obituaries that have appeared in the days since his passing (see the website of Peter Owen Publishers and also the Guardian and Telegraph), proving that he will be greatly missed and remembered around the world as a publisher who brought a host of brilliant writers into the English language.

We wish everyone associated with Peter and his publishing activities every success in the future, which we are sure will continue under the direction of his daughter, Antonia, who takes over the company that he founded in 1951.