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HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world's leading English-language publishers with headquarters in New York. The company, a subsidiary of News Corporation since 1987, has an impressive history as the publishing house of authors such as Mark Twain, the Bronte sisters, Thackeray, Dickens, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein and Margaret Wise Brown. Founded in New York City in 1817 by brothers James and John Harper, it became known later as Harper & Row.
The present worldwide book group, formed following News Corporation's acquisition of the British publisher William Collins in 1990, has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia/New Zealand and India. Today, HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery and romance, as well as reference, religious and spiritual books. The company has revenues that top $1 billion annually.
Rising profits over the last six years have allowed HarperCollins to further broaden and strengthen its publishing program through acquisition. In 1999, HarperCollins acquired The Ecco Press, one of the world's most prestigious literary publishers; William Morrow & Company and Avon Books, two prominent publishers with long and distinguished histories; and Amistad Press, one of the country's pre-eminent publishers of works by and about African Americans. In July 2000, HarperCollins announced the purchase of Fourth Estate, one of the U.K.'s most respected independent publishers, which has become a division of HarperCollins U.K., and has launched a U.S. operation.