Yale University Press

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Yale University Press
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Parent company Yale University
Founded1908;114 years ago (1908)
FounderGeorge Parmly Day
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Distribution TriLiteral (United States)
Wiley (international) [1] [2]
Nonfiction topicsVarious
Fiction genres Poetry, Literature in translation
Official website yalebooks.yale.edu
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George Parmly Day, founder of the Yale University Press

Yale University Press is the university press of Yale University. It was founded in 1908 by George Parmly Day, [3] and became an official department of Yale University in 1961, but it remains financially and operationally autonomous.


As of 2020, Yale University Press publishes approximately 300 new hardcover and 150 new paperback books annually and has a backlist of about 5,000 books in print. Its books have won five National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards and eight Pulitzer Prizes. [4]

The press maintains offices in New Haven, Connecticut and London, England. Yale is the only American university press with a full-scale publishing operation in Europe. It was a co-founder of the distributor TriLiteral LLC with MIT Press and Harvard University Press. [5] TriLiteral was sold to LSC Communications in 2018. [6]

Series and publishing programs

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The Yale University Press' original logo, designed by Paul Rand.

Yale Series of Younger Poets

Since its inception in 1919, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition has published the first collection of poetry by new poets. The first winner was Howard Buck; the 2011 winner was Katherine Larson.

Yale Drama Series

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre jointly sponsor the Yale Drama Series, a playwriting competition. The winner of the annual competition is awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. The Yale Drama Series and David C. Horn Prize are funded by the David Charles Horn Foundation. [7]

Anchor Yale Bible Series

In 2007, Yale University Press acquired the Anchor Bible Series, a collection of more than 115 volumes of biblical scholarship, from the Doubleday Publishing Group. [8] New and backlist titles are now published under the Anchor Yale Bible Series name.

Future of American Democracy Series

Yale University Press is publishing the Future of American Democracy Series, [9] which "aims to examine, sustain, and renew the historic vision of American democracy in a series of books by some of America's foremost thinkers", in partnership with the Future of American Democracy Foundation. [10]

The Lamar Series in Western History

The Lamar Series in Western History (formerly the Yale Western Americana series) [11] was established in 1962 to publish works that enhance the understanding of human affairs in the American West and contribute to a wider understanding of why the West matters in the political, social, and cultural life of America. [12]

Terry Lectures Series

The Dwight H. Terry Lectureship was established in 1905 to encourage the consideration of religion in the context of modern science, psychology, and philosophy. Many of the lectures, which are hosted by Yale University, have been edited into book form by the Yale University Press.

Yale Nota Bene

On September 22, 2000, Yale University Press announced a new Yale Nota Bene imprint that would "feature reprints of best-selling and classic Yale Press titles encompassing works of history, religion, science, current affairs, reference and biography, in addition to fiction, poetry and drama." [13]


Mangling the typesetting of Mises' Human Action

In 1963, the Press published a revised edition of Ludwig von Mises's Human Action . In the May 5, 1964 issue of National Review , Henry Hazlitt wrote the story "Mangling a Masterpiece", accusing Yale University Press of intentionally typesetting the new edition in an amateurish fashion, due to the Press's differing ideological beliefs. [14] [15]

Muhammad cartoon controversy

In August, 2009, officials at the Press ignited a controversy when they decided to expunge reproductions of the cartoons involved in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, along with all other images of Muhammad, from a scholarly book entitled The Cartoons that Shook the World , by professor Jytte Klausen. [16]

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<i>The Cartoons that Shook the World</i>

The Cartoons that Shook the World is a 2009 book by Brandeis University professor Jytte Klausen about the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Klausen contends that the controversy was deliberately stoked up by people with vested interests on all sides, and argues against the view that it was based on a cultural misunderstanding about the depiction of Muhammad. The book itself caused controversy before its publication when Yale University Press removed all images from the book, including the controversial cartoons themselves and some other images of Muhammad.

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<i>Muhammad: The "Banned" Images</i> Book by Gary Hull

Muhammad: The "Banned" Images is a 2009 book published in response to the expunging of all images of Muhammad from The Cartoons that Shook the World, a 2009 book about the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy by Jytte Klausen published by Yale University Press. In August 2009, John Donatich, director of Yale University Press, announced that it would exclude all images of Muhammad from Klausen's book, citing an anonymous panel of experts who claimed that publication of the illustrations "ran a serious risk of instigating violence."

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  3. Bradley, George (1998). "Introduction" . The Yale Younger Poets Anthology. New Haven and London. p.  24. ISBN   9780300074734.
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  7. Yale Drama Series: Prize for Emerging Playwrights from the Yale University Press website
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  9. The Future of American Democracy Series Archived 2015-10-24 at the Wayback Machine from the Yale University Press official website
  10. Official website of the Future of American Democracy Foundation
  11. Basbanes, Nicholas A. A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008, New Haven and London, 2008. p. 222, Centennial Highlights
  12. The Lamar Series in Western History from the Yale University Press official website
  13. "Yale Press launches new imprint with 'global bookstore appeal'". Yale Bulletin and Calendar. Yale University Press. 29 (3). September 22, 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09.
  14. ""Mangling a Masterpiece" by Henry Hazlitt, National Review, Tuesday, May 5th, 1964".{{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. GaryNorth.com (2 May 2013). "Publishing Atrocity: The 1963 Edition of Human Action".
  16. Patricia Cohen (August 13, 2009). "Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book". The New York Times.