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A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008

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For Yale University Press, which celebrates its hundredth birthday in 2008, the century has been an eventful one, punctuated with no few surprises. The Press has published more than 8,000 volumes through the years, scores of bestsellers and award-winners among them, and these books have come to fruition through the efforts of a host of colorful authors, editors, directors, ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Yale University Press (first published October 13th 2008)
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Bruce
Mar 04, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bruce by: Tricia
Another fine book on the worlds of books, book collecting, and book publishing by Nicholas Basbanes. This time around his focus is on the Yale University Press, and by extension, the world of academic publishing in general. As always, Basbanes threads his story with interesting people, and a conversational narrative style that is very easy to read. I loved this quote from Clarence Day, one of the founders of and the author of an early history of the Yale Press.

"The world of books is the most rem
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Mark Feltskog
Feb 07, 2013 Mark Feltskog rated it really liked it
N.B., please, that this book quite easily meets Mr. Basbanes' usual high authorial standards--i.e. elegant prose, a comprehensively told story, a subtle feel for real-life characters. I gave it four stars because it was not of surpassing interest, unlike his other superb books, to me.
cheeseblab
Oct 25, 2008 cheeseblab rated it liked it
Hey, how many people ever get to read a history of their very own workplaces. Would have liked more detail about specific notable books, but hey--how much did the darned thing cost me?
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Nicholas A. Basbanes is an award-winning investigative journalist and was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian, and he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Basbanes lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts.
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