Grant Richards was a London publisher.
Only 24 when he founded his publishing house, Grant Richards had George Bernard Shaw as an author within one year and Chesterton, Masefield, A.E. Houseman and Arnold Bennet within four. JW mentioned him to William Heinemann in 1899 as the publisher of Lord Alfred Douglas's book of poems, The City of the Soul.
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