Learning to be a Publisher
Cambridge University Press 1951-1987 Personal Reminiscences
By Michael Black
The Cambridge University Press which Michael Black joined in 1951 as Assistant Secretary to the Syndics was tiny, traditional, gentlemanly and almost unchanged since the Second World War. He had to invent the jobs he was doing, first as Education Secretary in charge of school book publishing, travelling extensively in Africa and Asia to explore new markets and discover new authors. He was appointed to the new title of Chief Editor in 1965 and was responsible for creating a team of bright young professionals, including women, whom he trained in editorial roles. New subject lists were created. In the USA a whole editorial department had to be developed, to produce a major flow of books and journals. The pattern became a model for other territories.
Michael Black reflects on his personal interest in the subjects that meant most to him - especially literature, including his warm relationship with F R Leavis and his development of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of D H Lawrence - up to his retirement from the post of University Publisher in 1987. The narrative is informal, personal and has its lighter moments.
Publication date: 2011
ISBN Number 9781107401808
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Added: 23 February 2012
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