Companhia das Letras
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|Headquarters location||São Paulo|
Companhia das Letras is a Brazilian publisher founded in 1986 with headquarters in São Paulo. Founded by Luiz Schwarcz, who had experience working at the publisher Brasiliense, and his wife Lilia Moritz Schwarcz. One of its first four books was To the Finland Station, by Edmund Wilson, a sales success that propelled the publisher. In the first twelve months of existence, it released 48 titles. Three years later, economist and writer Fernando Moreira Salles joined the project.
Besides Companhia das Letras Itself, the publisher has a total of six labels: Cia das Letras (juvenile fiction), Companhia das Letrinhas (children's books), Companhia de Bolso (pocket books), Quadrinhos na Companhia (graphic novels), Penguin-Companhia (classic books- a partnership with the British publishing house) and Claro Enigma (educational books).
In December 2011, Penguin become a minor stakeholder of Companhia das Letras, acquiring 45% of the publisher.
Based on the list of famous authors it publishes, it ranks one of Brazil's largest publishers.
Some of the authors in the catalog
- Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina)
- Jorge Amado (Brazil)
- José Saramago (Portugal)
- Vinicius de Moraes (Brazil)
- Chico Buarque (Brazilian singer)
- Machado de Assis (Brazil)
- Luis Fernando Verissimo (Brazil)
- Harold Bloom (USA)
- Philip Roth (USA)
- Feodor Dostoevsky (Russia)
- Roberto Bolaño (Chile - Spain)
- Dr. Seuss (United States)
- Caetano Veloso (Brazilian singer)
- Alejo Carpentier (Cuba, creator of magical realism)
- http://g1.globo.com/economia/negocios/noticia/2011/12/grupo-penguin-compra-45-da-companhia-das-letras.html G1 Grupo Penguin compra 45% da Companhia das Letras. Retrieved in December 6, 2011