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Beacon Press is an American non-profit book publisher. Founded in 1854 by the American Unitarian Association, it is currently a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association.[1]

Beacon Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses. [2]

In 1971, it published the "Senator Gravel edition" of The Pentagon Papers for the first time in book form, when no other publisher was willing to risk publishing such controversial material. Robert West, then-president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, approved the decision to publish the The Pentagon Papers, which West claims resulted in two-and-a-half years of harassment and intimidation by the Nixon administration.[3]

Beacon Press launched its blog, Beacon Broadside, in late September 2007. [4]

Beacon Press claims to publish works that affirm and promote several principles: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in society; the goal of the world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence; and the importance of literature and the arts in democratic life.[5]


Books and authors

Beacon Press publishes non-fiction, fiction, and poetry titles. Some of Beacon's most recent and well-known titles are listed below.

Title Author(s)
Notes of a Native Son[6] James Baldwin
Gyn/Ecology[7] Mary Daly
Man's Search for Meaning[8] Viktor Frankl
Without a Map[9] Meredith Hall
Resurrecting Empire[10] Rashid Khalidi
All Souls: A Family Story from Southie[11] Michael Patrick MacDonald
One-Dimensional Man[12] Herbert Marcuse
Thirst[13] Mary Oliver
New and Selected Poems: Volume One[14] Mary Oliver
Race Matters[15] Cornel West
The Court and the Cross[16] Frederick Lane


In 1992, Beacon won an award a New England Book Award for publishing. [17] In 1993, Beacon was voted "Trade Publisher of the Year" by the Literary Market Place.[5]


  1. ^ "Beacon Press Celebrates 150 Years of Publishing". UU World: The Magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association. September/October 2004. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  2. ^ "Association of American University Presses Membership Directory". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Philocrites: Beacon Press launches 'Beacon Broadside' blog
  5. ^ a b History and Mission
  6. ^ Baldwin, James (July 9, 1984). Notes of a Native Son. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807064313. 
  7. ^ Daly, Mary (November 12, 1990). Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807014134. 
  8. ^ Frankl, Viktor (June 14, 2006). Man's Search for Meaning. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807014295. 
  9. ^ Hall, Meredith (April 11, 2007). Without a Map. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807072738. 
  10. ^ Khalidi, Rashid (April 15, 2005). Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807002353. 
  11. ^ MacDonald, Michael Patrick (October 4, 2007). All Souls: A Family Story from Southie. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807072134. 
  12. ^ Marcuse, Herbert (October 1, 1991). One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807014172. 
  13. ^ Oliver, Mary (September 2, 2007). Thirst. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807068977. 
  14. ^ Oliver, Mary (November 15, 2005). New and Selected Poems: Volume One. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807068786. 
  15. ^ West, Cornel (May 25, 2001). Race Matters. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807009727. 
  16. ^ Lane, Frederick S. (June 1, 2008). The Court and the Cross. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. pp. 288 pages. ISBN 978-0807044247. 
  17. ^ "New England Book Awards". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 

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