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, ratings of bestsellers and award-winners between them, and those books have come to fruition in the course of the efforts of a bunch of colourful authors, editors, administrators, board individuals, and others of highbrow and literary renown.

With an ear regularly cocked for an engaging story, one in every of today’s most sensible storytellers offers 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,” quick convinces us that the Press’s historical past, whereas bookish, can also be vigorous and engaging. Basbanes explores the saga at the back of the purchase of Eugene O’Neill’s blockbuster play, the best-ever Yale bestseller Long Day’s trip into Night; the talk sparked in 1965 via booklet of The Vinland Map; the origins of the groundbreaking Annals of Communism sequence, initiated within the wake of the Soviet Union’s death; and plenty of extra highlights from Press annals. Basbanes appears to be like on the purposes at the back of the publisher’s striking monetary good fortune, and he completes A global of Letters with a glimpse on the new tasks that would propel the clicking right into a moment intriguing century.

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An Introduction to Metaphysics by the towering twentiethcentury German philosopher Martin Heidegger has had the unusual distinction of being translated twice for separate Yale editions. The first rendering into English was done in 1959 by Ralph Manheim, the second, in 2000, by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt. ’ ” As a rule, scholarly publishing and best sellers are not concepts that one might normally discuss in the same conversation, but every university press has examples of books that were published for reasons having little to do with enormous revenue potential yet which sold exceedingly well anyway, to the chagrin of marketing directors on the trade side of publishing.

The level of “historical authenticity” that had been demanded by the editors, however, was described approvingly by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which reported in its official bulletin the “pleasure” its staff felt in having been “one of the first institutions to obtain” the films for educational use: “What sort of fences did George Washington jump over when he went hunting in Virginia? What kind of a hunting horn did he use? What books might have been in Wolfe’s cabin when he sailed across to capture Quebec?

To emphasize that the University had assumed a greater degree of control over its publishing arm, President Seymour asked Edgar S. ” Kerr offered no insight as to just what those “somewhat debatable” activities may have been during that period, and 48 t h e f or m at i v e dec ade s little light is shed in the minutes of the Publications Committee or the Governing Board. But there are hints, at least, as to how publishing priorities were modified after December 7, 1941, and how they would continue during the war and the immediate aftermath.

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