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Doubleday, Frank Nelson (08 January 1862–30 January 1934), book publisher, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William Edwards Doubleday, a hat manufacturer, and Ellen M. Dickinson. Doubleday’s formal education was limited. After completing public primary school, he attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute for only “two or three years” ( ...

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Hubbard, Elbert Green (19 June 1856–07 May 1915), author and publisher, was born in Bloomington, Illinois, the son of Dr. Silas Hubbard, a physician, and Juliana Frances Read. After Elbert’s birth, the family moved to rural Hudson, Illinois. Elbert’s childhood was ordinary enough. He paid as little attention to school as possible, but he couldn’t avoid religion, which he got in triple doses from his father’s family prayers, the nearby Baptist church, and from the Bible readings that formed a part of the school curriculum of the day. He never submitted to baptism and in his later writings took the position that religion was a crutch that lessened a man’s self-reliance. Although he tried to avoid as much religion and school as possible, Hubbard could not stay away from horses. The first twelve dollars he saved from his chores went to purchase a horse, and in his later writings he often said that he preferred the company of a good horse to that of many a man he had met....

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Knopf, Alfred A. (12 September 1892–11 August 1984), publisher, was born Alfred Abraham Knopf in New York City, the son of Samuel Knopf, an advertising executive and financial consultant, and Ida Japhe. His mother died when he was four years old, and, although his father remarried, his father remained the primary influence in his life as he grew up. Knopf attended public schools in New York City until his college preparatory training at the MacKenzie School in Westchester County, from which he graduated in 1908....