The Margaret Sanger Papers

Huebsch, Benjamin W. (1876-1964)

Publisher. Married Alfhild Lamm (1920), two children. A musician and lithographer, Huebsch briefly acted as music critic for the New York Sun, then ran a printing company with his brother. In 1900 he began publishing books under his own imprint, often by talented but as yet unknown European and American writers. Among his authors were Sherwood Anderson and Theodore Dreiser. He also published the first American editions of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers and James Joyce's Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. In 1916 Margaret Sanger approached Huebsch about publishing her birth control books, but he declined. An outspoken liberal, Huebsch was a member of the Ford Peace Plan Commission (1915-16). Huebsch began publishing a weekly journal, The Freeman , in 1920. He merged his publishing venture with Viking Press in 1925 and began introducing American readers to such European writers as Stefan Zweig, Erich Maria Remarque and Thomas Mann. Huebsch sat on the first board of the American Civil Liberties Union and served as its treasurer from 1926 to his death.