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

, Yale University Press publishes about 200 new hardcover and 100 new paperback books annually and has about 3,000 books in print. Its books have won many prizes, including five National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, and eight Pulitzer Prizes.


Its Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition has published the first collection by many widely admired poets since it was begun in 1919. Among poets who have won 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 University Press is publishing the Future of American Democracy Series, 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.

Mission statement

According to their official website:
By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. In its commitment to increasing the range and vigor of intellectual pursuits within the university and elsewhere, Yale University Press continually extends its horizons to embody university publishing at its best.


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.

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