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Bompiani is an Italian publishing house based in Milan, Italy. It was founded in 1929 by Valentino Bompiani. In 1990, Bompiani became part of the RCS MediaGroup. In October 2015, RCS MediaGroup, including Bompiani, was acquired by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy's largest publisher. Mondadori is owned by Fininvest, a holding company controlled by Silvio Berlusconi. The acquisition was controversial. In March 2016, Italian anti-trust authorities ruled that Mondadori must sell Bompiani in order to comply with market-share limits. Nine companies, including Amazon and HarperCollins, expressed interest in purchasing Bompiani. In September 2016, Bompiani was sold to Giunti Editore for €16.5 million.

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History

Bompiani experienced attempts at book censorship by Italy's fascist government from the 1920s through the 1940s. In 1940, Valentino Bompiani was summoned to Rome to meet with Alessandro Pavolini, the Minister of Popular Culture. At this meeting, Pavolini told Bompiani that he must limit the number of translations that he was publishing. At the time of the meeting, Bompiani was preparing to publish an anthology of American writers. Despite being told not to do so, Bompiani moved forward with the anthology. Pavolini learned of this and wrote to Bompiani that "The United States is a potential enemy of ours...This is no time to perform acts of courtesy toward America, not even literary ones."<ref>Template:Cite book</ref> Bompiani proceeded with publication nonetheless, soliciting a new introduction from Emilio Cecchi that sought to discourage any "excessive enthusiasm" toward America. Pavolini was placated by Cecchi's introduction and the anthology was ultimately published.<ref>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref>

In 1972 the company was bought by Fiat Group. In 1990 it became part of RCS MediaGroup.

Authors

The list of authors published by Bompiani includes 17 Nobel Prize winners. Authors published by Bompiani include Alberto Moravia and Umberto Eco.


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Storia

Negli anni trenta Bompiani trova le prime alleanze che daranno identità alla propria casa editrice. Vi collaborano Cesare Zavattini, Antonio Banfi (poi, al suo posto, Enzo Paci e infine Umberto Eco, che dagli anni cinquanta dirige collane di studi e vi pubblica fedelmente i propri scritti), quindi Elio Vittorini (che vi pubblica anche i propri scritti), e dagli anni settanta Antonio Porta, poi Mario Andreose, Elisabetta Sgarbi (sorella del critico d'arte Vittorio e direttrice del quadrimestrale «Panta») e Giovanni Reale (curatore con Dario Antiseri anche di una Storia della filosofia dal 2009).

Un'impresa originale e molto apprezzata è stata il Dizionario delle opere e dei personaggi di tutti i tempi e di tutte le letterature, uscito per la prima volta nel 1946 e aggiornato negli anni (con anche una versione su CD-Rom del 2002). L'ultima edizione è del 2005.

Nel 1972, la proprietà passa alla FIAT che con la finanziaria IFI (poi diventata Exor) acquista la Sonzogno, la Fratelli Fabbri e la ETAS, per poi diventare dal 1990 il gruppo RCS, al quale appartengono anche la Sansoni, la Rizzoli, La Nuova Italia, la Marsilio Editori, l'Archinto e percentuali d'altre case editrici.

Autori

Tra i primi autori che hanno distinto la casa editrice Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, il cui Il piccolo principe è negli anni il libro più stampato e venduto, John Steinbeck, James Cain, Alberto Moravia (fedelissimo), Corrado Alvaro, Archibald Joseph Cronin, Erskine Caldwell, André Gide, T. S. Eliot, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Evelyn Waugh, Patricia Highsmith, Anaïs Nin, Stephen King, Marguerite Yourcenar, Kurt Vonnegut, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Luciano Anceschi, Maria Corti, Alberto Savinio, Vitaliano Brancati, Ottiero Ottieri, Ennio Flaiano, Pier Vittorio Tondelli, Leonardo Sciascia (poi passato all'Adelphi), Gesualdo Bufalino, Andrea De Carlo, Sandro Veronesi, Fernanda Pivano, Giovanni Testori, Achille Campanile, Edoardo Nesi, Alain Elkann, Osho, Antonio Scurati, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Paulo Coelho, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien ecc.

Collane

Le collane edite da Bompiani dal 1929 in ordine di apparizione:





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