Little, Brown and Company was founded in 1837 by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown and for close to two centuries has published fiction and nonfiction by many of America's finest writers. Early lists featured Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson's poetry, and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, all of which are still available today. In 1993 Little, Brown created a new trade paperback imprint, Back Bay Books, to focus on long-term publication of the company's best fiction and nonfiction and to publish original trade paperbacks. Little, Brown is also the home of Bulfinch Press, a leading publisher of art and photography books.
Bestselling novelists on Little, Brown's hardcover and Back Bay's paperback lists include J. D. Salinger, James Patterson, Herman Wouk, Alice Sebold, Anita Shreve, Walter Mosley, Janet Fitch, John le Carre, Jimmy Buffett, Pete Hamill, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Connelly. In nonfiction, Little, Brown's bestselling and prizewinning works include such distinguished writers as Nelson Mandela, James Bradley, William Manchester, George Stephanopoulos, Gloria Steinem, the Dalai Lama, David Sedaris, John Feinstein, Malcolm Gladwell, and the cartoonist R. Crumb. Bulfinch publishes the distinguished photography of Ansel Adams, Sally Mann, Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Joyce Tenneson, Howard Schatz and Abelardo Morell.