Joseph Dent started Everyman’s Library in 1906; David Campbell resurrected it in 1990.
It would be easy to fall in love with the beautiful Everyman’s Library literary classics, and while reading these gems, get swept away with the writing of Flaubert, Eliot, Dickens, Wharton, Tolstoy, et al. You could find yourself years-deep into the prose of Marcel Proust. Or you could get swept away with the poetry of Keats, the sonnets of Shakespeare, or the Psalms of the Old Testament – and finally, after all that reading and then some, say to yourself, “Wow, these books – with their erudite introductions, their cloth bindings, their silk ribbon bookmarks, and their wonderfully descriptive and beautiful dust jackets are incredible - who makes them?” – to which one would then see a name such as Random House on a copyright page or Knopf written in gold on one of the cloth spines – and with the discovery of these names, be satisfy as to their maker. Nice job Random House and on with your day you’d go. And you wouldn’t be wrong, for Random House does a great job – and then some!
But if any Everyman’s Library enthusiast decides or happens to dig further, one will quickly realize that without a gentleman by the name of David Campbell – the Publisher of Everyman’s Library/The Savior of the Everyman’s Library Imprint! – the modern day Everyman’s Library editions (what I collect and this website is dedicated to) simply would not exist.
In short, No David Campbell, No modern day Everyman’s Library!
AND THE REST IS HISTORY
And that Ladies and Gentleman, is the scoop! No David Campbell, No Everyman's!
David Campbell is a publisher in Everyman’s Library, which he bought and revived in 1991 in its present form. He worked at the Chairman Scala Publishers from 1997 to 2013. Davis was an International Publishing Director at Hachette in Paris from 1982 to 1990.From 1985 to 1990 he was a Managing Director, Editions du Chene in Paris. David was also International Sales Director for Mitchell Beazley in London from 1979 to 1982, and worked at editions Gallimard in Paris from 1973 to 1979. He is Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur since 2007. *
David Campbell was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.
David Campbell worked for much of his publishing career in Paris, first at Gallimard, then as International Publishing Director at Hachette, later as Publisher and Managing Director of Editions du Chêne. In 1991 he revived Everyman’s Library as a small independent house and has been its Publisher since. In 1999 he created the Millennium Library Trust and raised £9 million to donate, over five years, 300 specially printed Everyman books to every state secondary school in the UK (4,300 schools) and to 1,700 schools and libraries in 77 countries of the developing world. In 2007 he was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. *
Dear Mr. Campbell -
I had no idea that I would grow to be so fond of these treasures that are the Everyman's Library classics - and that one, and then two, and then five, and then eight, and then 10, 32, 75, 150, 200 + books later (and on my way to 380+) - would turn into such as passion of mine.
But even more importantly than their beauty and their durability and my passion for the books, are the stories and worlds that have been opened for me by reading books that I would surely have never come across if it wasn't for this hobby that has grown into something so much more than just a hobby.
I owe a debt of gratitude to you Mr. Campbell for producing something in my life that I thoroughly enjoy and has enriched my life.
Now if only you could make gin or sell wine or something, then I'd really be in your debt! ;)
Warmest regards and with utmost respect and admiration,
- Troy Farlow
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