W. W. Norton & Company, the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees, carries out the imperative of its founder to "publish books not for a single season, but for the years." The roots of the company date back to 1923, when William Warder Norton and Margaret D. Herter Norton began publishing lectures delivered at the People's Institute, the adult education division of New York City's Cooper Union. Norton has since earned a reputation for its distinguished publishing programs in both the trade and college areas, with particular strengths in music, history, psychology, and literature. Begun in the 1960s, the Norton Anthologies have changed the teaching of literature worldwide. Norton now publishes close to 400 books a year; its 220 employees remain dedicated to independent publishing.
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