By Nicholas A. Basbanes
For Yale college Press, which celebrates its hundredth birthday in 2008, the century has been an eventful one, punctuated without 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 during the efforts of a bunch of colourful authors, editors, administrators, board contributors, and others of highbrow and literary renown.
With an ear constantly cocked for an attractive story, considered one 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,” quick convinces us that the Press’s historical past, whereas bookish, can also be full of life and interesting. Basbanes explores the saga in the back of the purchase of Eugene O’Neill’s blockbuster play, the all time Yale bestseller Long Day’s trip into Night; the debate sparked in 1965 via e-book of The Vinland Map; the origins of the groundbreaking Annals of Communism sequence, initiated within the wake of the Soviet Union’s loss of life; and lots of extra highlights from Press annals. Basbanes appears 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 tasks that might propel the click right into a moment fascinating century.
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The search will continue. ” Also of note are the Storrs Lectures, inaugurated in 1889 in honor of William L. Storrs, at one time a Connecticut judge and a professor in the Law School. Among the books to emerge: The Nature of the Judicial Process (1921), by future Supreme Court justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, on how judges decide cases, and An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law (1922), by one-time Harvard Law School dean Roscoe Pound, a leader in the reform of court administration in the United States.
On September 27, 1923—just five months after Glasgow’s death—George Parmly Day announced the “dawn of a new day for motion pictures” with the forthcoming release of a series of silent ﬁlms then being produced jointly by the Press and an enterprise formed two years earlier known as the Chronicles of America Picture Corporation, of which he was the president. ” Underlying this hopeful call was a concern Day obviously had for what was then being shown about the land in a wildly successful entertainment medium that some people felt—in an argument that resonates today in the age of computers and the Internet—would lead to a decline in reading among young people.
Eight years before he died, O’Neill turned the completed manuscript over to Cerf in a manner that took on the aura of a formal ceremony. “When O’Neill gave us the script of Long Day’s Journey, he wanted to seal it up,” Cerf told Arthur and Barbara Gelb, the playwright’s biographers. “He insisted it be done with red sealing wax. We sent out for some, but when it arrived, none of us knew how to use it. ” Before leaving, O’Neill dictated and signed a statement that expressed his wishes, then asked Cerf to countersign the document and deposit it in the Random House vault along with the manuscript.