Flowers for Algernon

Publication history

The short story "Flowers for Algernon" was first published as the lead story in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.[11] It was later reprinted in The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, 9th series (1960),[4][15] the Fifth Annual of the Year’s Best Science Fiction (1960),[4][16] Best Articles and Stories (1961),[4] Literary Cavalcade (1961),[4] The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964 (1970),[17] and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: A 30-Year Retrospective (1980).[15]

The expanded novel was first published in 1966 by Harcourt Brace with the Bantam paperback following in 1968.[4] By 2004, it had been translated into 27 languages, published in 30 countries and sold more than 5 million copies.[18] Since its original publication, the novel has never been out of print.[13]


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