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Beacon Press



History

Founded in 1854, Beacon has published many ground-breaking classics, including James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man, Jean Baker Miller'sToward a New Psychology of Women, and Mary Daly's Gyn/Ecology. In 1971, Beacon printed the Senator Gravel Edition of The Pentagon Papers in five volumes. This groundbreaking achievement marked the first time those papers had appeared in book form. Beacon is also the publisher of Marian Wright Edelman's best-selling book, The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, and Cornel West's acclaimed Race Matters. Recent publications include Michael Patrick MacDonald's All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, Rashid Khalidi's Resurrecting Empire, and four new titles by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Mary Oliver (Blue Iris; New and Selected Poems, Volume Two; Owls and Other Fantasies; and Why I Wake Early.

For more on our history, please consult A Brief History of Beacon Press, published on the occasion of our 150th anniversary.

Beacon Press and the Pentagon Papers

On October 22, 2006, Beacon Press commemorated the 35th anniversary of publication of The Senator Gravel Edition of The Pentagon Papers—the first full edition of the top secret Defense Department studies that exposed decades of U.S. decisionmaking in Vietnam. On June 24, 2007, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman moderated a panel at General Assembly with Dan Ellsberg, Senator Mike Gravel and Former UUA President Bob West on the role of Beacon Press in publishing the Pentagon Papers.

Beacon Today

Our current publishing program emphasizes religion, history, current affairs, political science, gay/lesbian/gender studies, education, African-American studies, women's studies, child and family issues and nature and the environment. In 1993 Beacon was voted "Trade Publisher of the Year" by the Literary Market Place . In addition, Beacon and its authors have received National Book Awards, the American Book Award, the Christopher Award, the National Writers Union Golden Pen Award, the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Book Publication, and the PEN New England L.L. Winship Award and Friend to Writers Award, and has been named the New England Publisher of the Year.

In the words of Dana Frank, Professor of American Studies at UC, Santa Cruz, "Beacon Press continues to pioneer in publishing works that are central to an embracing vision of the American people and our future together. Their books are always beautifully produced, of the highest literary and artistic quality and able to bridge the best of scholarship with popular accessibility."

Beacon is an associate member of the Association of American University Presses. We are a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Mission

The mission of Beacon Press is to affirm and promote these principles: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in society; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence; and the importance of literature and the arts in democratic life.
Books By Beacon Press
This section contains 7 books
Where Do We Go from Here
Where Do We Go from Here


US$ 29.99
Thou, Dear God
Thou, Dear God


US$ 29.99
A Gift of Love
A Gift of Love


US$ 24.99
Soul Repair
Soul Repair


US$ 24.99
Gather at the Table
Gather at the Table


US$ 27.99
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground


US$ 24.99
A Disability History of the United States
A Disability History of the United States


US$ 36.99