Sir Stanley Unwin was born 19 December 1884 in Handen Road, Lee, Greater London, England, United Kingdom to Edward Unwin (1840-1933) and Elizabeth Spicer (1841-1921) and died 13 October 1968 England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Alice Mary Storr (1883-1971) 19 December 1914 in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.



Offspring of Sir Stanley Unwin and Alice Mary Storr (1883-1971)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Spicer Unwin (1916-1916)
David Storr Unwin (1918-2010)
Ruth Severn Unwin (1920-1998)
Rayner Stephens Unwin (1925-2000) 23 December 1925 Hampstead, Greater London, England, United Kingdom 23 November 2000 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom (Hospice of St Francis) Carol Margaret Curwen (1924-2012)

Sir Stanley Unwin, KCMG (19 December 1884 – 13 October 1968) was a British publisher, founder of the George Allen and Unwin Ltd UK house in 1914. This published serious and sometimes controversial authors like Bertrand Russell and Mahatma Gandhi.

Unwin was born, and lived for some years, at Handen Road in Lee in south-east London. His niece was the children's writer Ursula Moray Williams.[1]

In 1936, J. R. R. Tolkien submitted The Hobbit for publication and Unwin paid his ten-year-old son Rayner Unwin a shilling[2] to write a report on the manuscript. Rayner's favourable response prompted Unwin to publish the book. Once the book became a success, Unwin asked Tolkien for a sequel, which eventually became The Lord of the Rings. Unwin died in 1968 and was honoured with a Blue Plaque at his former home.


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