A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008 by Nicholas A. Basbanes

By Nicholas A. Basbanes

For Yale collage Press, which celebrates its hundredth birthday in 2008, the century has been an eventful one, punctuated with out few surprises. the click has released greater than 8,000 volumes over the years, rankings of bestsellers and award-winners between them, and those books have come to fruition during the efforts of a bunch of colourful authors, editors, administrators, board contributors, and others of highbrow and literary renown.

With an ear continually cocked for an attractive story, one in all today’s top storytellers provides an anecdote-rich chronicle of the Press’s first a hundred years. Nicholas Basbanes, whom David McCullough has referred to as “the major authority of books approximately books,” speedy convinces us that the Press’s background, whereas bookish, can be energetic and engaging. Basbanes explores the saga in the back of the purchase of Eugene O’Neill’s blockbuster play, the best-ever Yale bestseller Long Day’s trip into Night; the debate sparked in 1965 by means of ebook of The Vinland Map; the origins of the groundbreaking Annals of Communism sequence, initiated within the wake of the Soviet Union’s loss of life; and lots of extra highlights from Press annals. Basbanes seems to be on the purposes in the back of the publisher’s impressive monetary good fortune, and he completes A global of Letters with a glimpse on the new projects that may propel the clicking right into a moment interesting century.

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Three months after the final ten volumes were issued, Glasgow died of a heart attack in New York at the age of t h e f or m at i v e dec ade s 23 forty-six. On September 27, 1923—just five months after Glasgow’s death—George Parmly Day announced the “dawn of a new day for motion pictures” with the forthcoming release of a series of silent films then being produced jointly by the Press and an enterprise formed two years earlier known as the Chronicles of America Picture Corporation, of which he was the president.

Twenty-one university presses were operating in the United States at the time, with Columbia, by far, being the most active, issuing 92 of the 551 scholarly titles released in 1941; Yale finished a distant fifth that year, behind Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. The minutes of the April 27, 1942, meeting of the Governing Board included an entry that speaks for the period and pointedly demonstrates the sometimes esoteric nature of books published by a university press and the limited audience so many of them are able to reach: “Mr.

D. Puleston; Good Neighbors: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Seventeen Other Countries, by Hubert Herring, a respected historian of Latin American affairs and politics; and Where Stands a Winged Sentry, an inspirational account of surviving the Nazi bombardment of England during the Battle of Britain by the novelist Margaret Kennedy, written in the form of a journal and published within months of the air assault. Publishing in general declined in the weeks following Pearl Harbor, and Yale was no exception.

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