Monday, June 29, 2015

In Praise of University Presses

From The Guardian:

"...At the moment, I don’t think there’s a trade publishing house producing high-calibre, serious non-fiction of the quality and variety of Yale University Press; and snapping at its heels are Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge and Chicago. As the literary editor of a middlebrow news magazine I’m finding ever more of the reviews I commission are from such presses."

Sam Leith, the author of the piece, is right: I'd take a work of non-fiction published by a university press any day of the week over a "smart thinking" book of history or criticism.

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