Richard Bentley

Dates: 1794-1871
Bentley suffered roller-coaster fortunes during his time in the printing business, and financial worries tainted his business. "Bentley's Miscellany" was a mostly successful enterprise, Charles Dickens both edited and contributed to the publication, though his relations with Bentley later became embittered. The one venture that remained profitable and influential throughout his lifetime was his firm's publication of 126 "Standard Novels", inexpensive monthly reprints of novels by British, American, and some continental writers that included Jane Austen, James Fenimore Cooper, and Frances Trollope.
Online: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/2171
Occupations: bookseller, publisher


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