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 clicking 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 throughout the efforts of a number of colourful authors, editors, administrators, board individuals, and others of highbrow and literary renown.
With an ear continually cocked for an enticing story, one in every of 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 prime authority of books approximately books,” fast convinces us that the Press’s historical past, whereas bookish, is additionally full of life and interesting. 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 talk 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 death; and plenty of extra highlights from Press annals. Basbanes seems to be on the purposes in the back of the publisher’s amazing 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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A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008 by Nicholas A. Basbanes