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J.M. Meulenhoff

J.M. Meulenhoff is a Dutch publishing house, which has built a reputation publishing literary works in Dutch and in translation.[1] For many decades, the company was led by Laurens van Krevelen, who received the Jan Hein Donner Award (a prestigious Dutch prize, awarded once every five years to notable persons in the publishing industry) in 2007.[2]

In 2001, the company's reputation was damaged by the departure of long-time editor Tilly Hermans, for which the Dutch and other media blamed the corporate culture of owner PCM Uitgevers.[1] PCM, it was said, cared more for the bottomline than for the company's authors and editors, and was blamed for a "purge" that also led to the early retirement of van Krevelen.[3] Hermans's move--after more than thirty years with Meulenhoff she went on to found Augustus, a smaller press--was followed by an exodus of authors, some thirty of whom (including Rudy Kousbroek and Adriaan van Dis) followed her to Augustus.[4] Others who left were Maarten Biesheuvel and Stefan Hertmans.[5]

The company is part of Meulenhoff Boekerij, which also comprises Arena, Mynx, Forum, and De Boekerij. Meulenhoff Boekerij is a part of the books division of PCM Uitgevers. In Belgium, its books are published by Manteau.

The company is known in the Netherlands for having published famous science fiction and fantasy novels in the series M=SF.

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