Forty Books for Forty Years: An Informal History of The Boydell Press

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9781843835547: Forty Books for Forty Years: An Informal History of The Boydell Press
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Books define the character of a publishing house better than any account of its business transactions or its organisation. This selection of forty books to mark the fortieth anniversary of Boydell & Brewer reflects the evolution of the company and the changing focus of its activities. It began as the Boydell Press, a very small and very general operation and is now a group of primarily academic imprints. The story of the company's progress and development is told through the books, with a strong emphasis on authors and supporters and the occasions linked to the books. Reading Beowulf by firelight on Mound One at Sutton Hoo on an October evening; holding a tournament on the castle meadow at Framlingham; renting Orford castle for the day; giving the Pepys Dinner in association with Magdalene College - all these add colour to the routine business of publishing. But there is a more serious side. During the 1970s and 1980s, dissatisfaction with the inflexibility of academic publishing led scholars and independent publishers to set up companies designed to serve the needs of their specialised fields. Four such firms, D.S. Brewer, Tamesis, Camden House and James Currey, together with the University of Rochester Press (created in collaboration with the University) make up the Boydell & Brewer Group of today.

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