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 regularly cocked for an attractive story, one in all 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 historical past, whereas bookish, is usually vigorous 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 talk sparked in 1965 through e-book 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 on the purposes in the back of the publisher’s striking monetary good fortune, and he completes A international of Letters with a glimpse on the new projects that might propel the clicking right into a moment intriguing century.
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Eventually, we reach the dim boundary—the utmost limits of our telescopes. There, we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. 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.
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. ” To raise private capital to fund the boldly ambitious enterprise, stock had been sold at sixty dollars a share. Yet with the unexpected death of Glasgow—he had been vice president of the Chronicles of America Picture 24 t h e f or m at i v e dec ade s Corporation, and the person responsible for making the ﬁlms—concern soon arose at the Press that the adaptations being written by the theatrical writers he had hired were taking liberties with the factual record.
Yale’s ﬂing in the movie business had come to an end, but not without some eﬀort at self-analysis, at least in terms of the impact the ﬁlms might have had on the intended audience. In 1929, the Press published the results of research it had commissioned by two Yale professors, Daniel Chauncey Knowlton and John Warren Tilton of the Department of Education, to “measure the contribution of the photoplays to enrichment, t h e f or m at i v e dec ade s 27 retention, and the creation of interest” on youngsters who viewed them in classroom settings.
A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008 by Nicholas A. Basbanes