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W. W. Norton & Company has been independent since its founding
in 1923, when William Warder Norton and Margaret D. Norton first
published lectures delivered at the People's Institute, the adult
education division of New York City's Cooper Union. The Nortons
soon expanded their program beyond the Institute, publishing books
by celebrated academics from America and abroad. By mid-century,
the two major pillars of Norton's publishing program—trade books
and college texts—were firmly established. In the 1950s, the Norton
family transferred control of the company to its employees, and
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