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Éditions Gallimard
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Founded31 May 1911; 109 years ago (1911-05-31)
FounderGaston Gallimard
Country of originFrance
Headquarters locationParis
Key peopleAntoine Gallimard (CEO)
Publication typesBooks, Magazines
ImprintsBibliothèque de la Pléiade, Denoël, Flammarion, Gallimard Jeunesse, Mercure de France, Série noire
Official websitewww.gallimard.fr

Éditions Gallimard (French: [edisjɔ̃ ɡalimaːʁ]) is one of the leading French book publishers. The Guardian has described it as having "the best backlist in the world".[1] In 2003 it and its subsidiaries published 1,418 titles.[citation needed]

Founded by Gaston Gallimard in 1911, the publisher is now majority-owned by his grandson Antoine Gallimard.[2]


The publisher was founded on 31 May 1911 in Paris by Gaston Gallimard, André Gide, and Jean Schlumberger as Les Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF).

From its 31 May 1911 founding until June 1919, Nouvelle Revue Française published one hundred titles including La Jeune Parque by Paul Valéry.[3][4] NRF published the second volume of In Search of Lost Time, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, which became the first Prix Goncourt-awarded book published by the company.[5] Nouvelle Revue Française adopted the name "Librairie Gallimard" in 1919.

During the occupation of France in World War II, Gaston Gallimard was hosted in Carcassonne by poet Joë Bousquet. He returned to Paris in October 1940 to enter discussions with the Nazi German authorities, who wished to control his publishing company. It was agreed that Gaston Gallimard would still control his company if he collaborated with the authorities and published pro-Nazi writings.[6]


Éditions Gallimard's best-selling authors include Albert Camus (29 million copies), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (26.3 million copies), and J.K. Rowling (whose Harry Potter series sold 26 million copies).[5] Other important authors include Salman Rushdie, Roald Dahl, Marcel Proust, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Philip Roth, George Orwell, Jack Kerouac, Pablo Neruda, and John Steinbeck.

As of 2011, its catalog consists of 36 Prix Goncourt winners, 38 writers who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and ten writers who have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.[5] In 2010 the company had a turnover of 230 million,[5] and over 1,000 employees.[7]

Gallimard acquired Groupe Flammarion from RCS MediaGroup in 2012.[8]


Publishing houses

Diffusion and distribution

  • SOCADIS (joint venture with Flammarion)
  • Centre de Diffusion de l'Édition
  • France Export Diffusion

List of "collections"

  • L'Arbalète/Gallimard
  • L'Arpenteur
  • L'Aube des peuples
  • La Bibliothèque de la Pléiade
  • Bibliothèque des histoires
  • La Bibliothèque Gallimard
  • Bibliothèque des idées
  • Bibliothèque des sciences humaines
  • La Blanche
  • Le Cabinet des Lettrés
  • Les Cahiers de la Nrf
  • Le Chemin
  • Connaissance de l'inconscient
  • Continents noirs
  • Le Débat
  • Découvertes Gallimard (made out of François Maspero's publishing house)
  • Du Monde entier
  • Folio
  • Folio essais
  • Folio histoire
  • Folio actuel
  • Folio bilingue
  • Folio théâtre
  • Folio plus
  • Foliothèque
  • Folio classique
  • Folio policier
  • Folio SF
  • Folio documents
  • Folio 2 €
  • Folioplus classiques
  • Haute enfance
  • L'Imaginaire
  • L'Infini
  • Joëlle Losfeld
  • Livres d'art
  • NRF Biographies
  • NRF Essais
  • La Noire
  • Poésie/Gallimard
  • Le Promeneur
  • Quarto
  • Série noire
  • Le Temps des images
  • L'Univers des formes
  • L'Un et l'autre

See also


  1. ^ Webster, Paul, "The French Connection"; The Guardian, 29 July 2000
  2. ^ Pascal Fouché (2005). Dictionnaire encyclopédique du Livre en deux volumes. Éditions du Cercle de la Libraire. p. 251. ISBN 2-7654-0911-0.
  3. ^ Henri Vignes; Pierre Boudrot (2011). Bibliographie des éditions de la Nouvelle Revue française : 26 mai 1911-15 juillet 1919. Paris: Libraire H. Vignes. ISBN 9782867421822.
  4. ^ Michel Jarrety (1992). Paul Valéry. Hachette supérieur. ISBN 9782010178894.
  5. ^ a b c d "Gallimard, une histoire si française". Les Échos (newspaper). 4 March 2011.
  6. ^ Pascal Fouché [fr] (1987). L'édition française sous l'Occupation : 1940-1944. Bibliothèque de littérature française contemporaine de l'Université Paris. OCLC 17851738.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Livres hebdo [fr], 14 October 2011.
  8. ^ Flammarion sold to Gallimard. The Book Seller. Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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