About W. W. Norton
W. W. Norton & Company has been independent since its
founding in 1923, when William Warder Norton and Margaret D.
Norton first published lectures delivered at the People's
Institute, the adult education division of New York City's
Cooper Union. The Nortons soon expanded their program beyond
the Institute, publishing books by celebrated academics from
America and abroad. By mid-century, the two major pillars of
Norton's publishing programâ€”trade books and college
textsâ€”were firmly established. In the 1950s, the Norton
family transferred control of the company to its employees,
and todayâ€”with a staff of 400 and a comparable number of
trade, college, and professional titles published each
yearâ€”W. W. Norton & Company stands as the largest and oldest
publishing house owned wholly by its employees.