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The University of Pittsburgh Press is a scholarly publishing house and a major American university press that is part of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

It publishes several series in the humanities and social sciences, including: Illuminations--Cultural Formations of the Americas; Milton Studies; Pitt Latin American Series; Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies, Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literary, and Culture; Pittsburgh/Konstanz Series in Philosophy and History of Science; and the Security Continuum--Global Politics in the Modern Age.

The Press is especially known for literary publishing, particularly its Pitt Poetry Series, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. One of its perennial bestselling titles is Thomas Bell's historical novel Out of This Furnace, reissued by the press in 1976.

The Press was established in September 1936 by University of Pittsburgh Chancellor John Gabbert Bowman. Paul Mellon committed the majority of the necessary startup funding from the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. Other contributors were the Buhl Foundation, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the university itself. The first director of the press was Lawrence E. Irwin, who was followed by Agnes Lynch Starrett, Frederick A. Hetzel, and Cynthia Miller. The Press is currently housed on the fifth floor of the Eureka Building on Pitt's main campus in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Press is a Charter Member of the Association of American University Presses.[1]

In 2008, the press began making out-of-print titles freely available on-line at the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions collection through the University Library System’s D-Scribe Digital Publishing program.[2]

External links


  • Alberts, Robert C. (1987). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787-1987. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7.  
  • University of Pittsburgh Press website (2006). About the University of Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved January 10, 2006.


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