By Nicholas A. Basbanes
For Yale college 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 in the course of the efforts of a bunch of colourful authors, editors, administrators, board participants, and others of highbrow and literary renown.
With an ear continually cocked for a fascinating story, one in every of today’s top storytellers offers 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 heritage, whereas bookish, is additionally vigorous 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 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 amazing monetary good fortune, and he completes A international of Letters with a glimpse on the new projects that might propel the click right into a moment interesting century.
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