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Yale University Press
Yale press logo.png
Status Active
Founded 1908
Founder George Parmly Day
Country of origin  United States
Headquarters location New Haven, Connecticut
Nonfiction topics Various
Fiction genres Poetry, Literature in translation
Official website yalepress.yale.edu

Yale University Press is a book publisher founded in 1908 by George Parmly Day.[1] It became an official department of Yale University in 1961, but remains financially and operationally autonomous.

As of 2009, Yale University Press publishes approximately 300 new hardcover and 150 new paperback books annually and has more than 6,000 books in print. Its books have won many prizes, including five National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, and eight Pulitzer Prizes.[2]

Through its editorial commitment to the fine arts and its publishing agreements with many major museums, Yale University Press has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading publishers of art and architecture books. In 2004, Ken Baker, art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, declared, "Yale consistently maintains one of the most impressive lists among academic presses, but in recent years, it has taken an almost unchallenged lead in art books."[3]

Yale is also one of few American university presses to maintain an office in the United Kingdom. Yale University Press, London serves the international book market and contributes nearly one third of the Press’s title output.


Important Series and Publishing Programs

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 many widely admired writers. Among past winners are: James Agee, John Ashbery, Carolyn Forché, Robert Haas, John Hollander, W. S. Merwin, Ted Olson, Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, James Tate, and Margaret Walker.

Yale Drama Series

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre jointly sponsor the Yale Drama Series, a major 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.[4]

Anchor Yale Bible Series

In 2007, Yale University Press acquired the Anchor Bible Series, a prestigious collection of more than 115 volumes of biblical scholarship, from the Doubleday Publishing Group. 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,[5] 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.[6]

Icons of America

The Icons of America series features short works written by leading scholars, critics, and writers, each of whom tells a new and innovative story about American history and culture through the lens of a single iconic individual, event, object, or cultural phenomenon. Recent subjects have included Wall Street, the hamburger, the little red schoolhouse, Gone with the Wind, and Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" Speech."[7]

The Lamar Series in Western History

The Lamar Series in Western History (formerly the Yale Western Americana series)[8] 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.[9]

The Margellos World Republic of Letters

In 2008, the Cecile and Theodore Margellos World Republic of Letters series was established to identify works of cultural and artistic significance previously overlooked by translators and publishers, canonical works of literature and philosophy needing new translations, as well as important contemporary authors whose work has not yet been translated into English.[10]

Rethinking the Western Tradition

Established in 1994, this series seeks to "address the present debate over the Western tradition by reprinting key works of that tradition along with essays that evaluate each text from different perspectives."[11] These annotated and expanded editions include works by Kant, Mill, Locke, and Rousseau, among others.

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.

Muhammad cartoon controversy

In August, 2009, officials at press sparked a controversy over censorship 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.[12]


  1. ^ Bradley, George. The Yale Younger Poets Anthology, New Haven and London, 1998. p. 24, Introduction
  2. ^ Donatich Appointed New Director of Yale University Press
  3. ^ A Brief History of Yale University Press
  4. ^ Yale Drama Series: Prize for Emerging Playwrights
  5. ^ The Future of American Democracy Series
  6. ^ The Future of American Democracy Foundation
  7. ^ Icons of America
  8. ^ Basbanes, Nicholas A. A World of Letters: Yale University Press, 1908-2008, New Haven and London, 2008. p. 222, Centennial Highlights
  9. ^ The Lamar Series in Western History
  10. ^ The Margellos World Republic of Letters
  11. ^ Rethinking the Western Tradition
  12. ^ New York Times, August 13, 2009, "Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book," Patricia Cohen, [1]

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