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Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry

Edited by Lise Jaillant

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Highlights the transformative impact that book publishers had on the modernist movement

Publishing houses are nearly invisible in modernist studies. Looking beyond little magazines and other periodicals, this collection highlights the importance of book publishers in the diffusion of modernism. It also participates in the transnational turn in modernist studies, demonstrating that book publishers created new markets for modernist texts in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world.

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List of Abbreviations

Introduction (Lise Jaillant)

Part 1: Pioneers

1. Modernism, Reform and the Traditional Business of Books: The B. W. Huebsch Imprint (Catherine Turner)

2. Young Americans: Transatlantic Connections in the Early Years at Knopf (Amy Root Clements)

3. ‘Glad to be in the Fold’: Boni & Liveright’s Multifold Marketing of Modernism (Jennifer Sorensen)

4. The Hogarth Press (Claire Battershill)

5. Bringing the Modern to Market: The Case of Faber & Faber (John Xiros Cooper)

Part 2: Fine Books

6. Shakespeare and Company: Publisher (Joshua Kotin)

7. Publishing the Avant-Garde: Nancy Cunard’s Hours Press (Mercedes Aguirre)

8. ‘Flowers for the Living’: Crosby Gaige and Modernist Limited Editions (Lise Jaillant)

Part 3: Publishing Modernism after the Second World War

9. New Directions Books (Greg Barnhisel)

10. Grove Press and Samuel Beckett: A Necessary Alliance (Loren Glass)

11. Calder and Boyars (Adam Guy)

12. Cape Goliard (Matthew Sperling)


About the Author

Lise Jaillant is an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Leader Fellow. She teaches in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University, UK. She specialises in twentieth-century literary institutions, with a special interest in publishers and creative writing programmes. Her first monograph was Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon: the Modern Library Series, 1917-1955 (Routledge, 2014). She then wrote Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers’ Series and the Avant-Garde (EUP, 2017) and she edited Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (EUP, 2019). Taken together, these three books offer a broad overview of Anglo-American publishers in the early-twentieth-century, and their influence on the diffusion of modern literature.


Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry is essential reading for anyone interested in re-thinking the vital part book publishers played in Anglo-American modernism. In place of the canonical story about small presses, even littler magazines, and collectable editions, centred on the 1920s, it ranges over the half century up to the 1970s, showing how rapidly the major writers of the long modernist moment entered the mainstream, thanks to the enterprising publishers who saw their long-term potential particularly in the new era of mass higher education.

- Peter D. McDonald, author of Artefact of Writing

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