Born on 23rd of September 1812
Died on 13rd of December 1888
After moving from Cumberland to London Routledge traded as a bookseller from 1836, moving into publishing on his own account in 1843. His success mainly came from his innovative cheap reprint editions – the Railway Library – that included works by American writers like Washington Irving and Harriet Beecher-Stowe, and popular British authors such as Disraeli and Bulwer-Lytton.
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