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Allen and Unwin

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Allen and Unwin is a book publisher. It was the first publishing company that published The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The initial firm of George Allen and Sons was established in 1871, but became George Allen and Unwin in 1914 as Stanley Unwin purchased a controlling interest. In 1936, Rayner Unwin was given the manuscript of The Hobbit and was paid a sixpence to report back on it to his father. His report was favourable, and company published the book. Rayner Unwin would later lead the company himself, until his retirement in 1985. The company is now owned by HarperCollins and is based solely in Australia and New Zealand.

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