Holt, Henry (1840–1926)
American publisher who encouraged the publication of
books on psychic phenomena. Holt was born on January 3,
1840, in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Yale University
(B.S., 1862) and the Columbia University Law School (LL.B.,
1864). In 1866 Holt became a partner in the publishing company
of George P. Putnam, and later founded Henry Holt and
Company. He also became a council member of the American
Society for Psychical Research.
Holt’s interest in psychic phenomena led him to promote
research and to publish books on the subject, including his own
work On the Cosmic Relations (2 vols., 1914). A revised edition
was issued after World War I with additional matter on immortality,
under the title The Cosmic Relations and Immortality (1918).
He died February 13, 1926.
The company continued in existence, and in 1941 published
the important one-volume edition of The Books of Charles
Fort, dealing with bizarre, inexplicable, and mysterious phenomena.
(See also Charles Fort)
Sources
Holt, Henry. Calmire. New York Macmillan, 1892.
———. Garrulities of an Octogenarian Editor. Boston Houghton
Mifflin, 1923.
———. Man and Man. N.p., 1905.
———. Man and Nature. N.p., 1892.
———. On the Cosmic Relations. 1914. Rev. ed. as The Cosmic
Relations and Immortality. Boston Houghton Mifflin, 1919.