Beacon Press

Beacon Press

Founded in 1854 by the American Unitarian Association and currently a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Beacon Press operates as a non-profit book publisher in the United States. [ cite journal|title=Beacon Press Celebrates 150 Years of Publishing|journal=UU World: The Magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association|date=Sept/Oct 2004|first=|last=|coauthors=|volume=|issue=|pages=|id= |url=|format=|accessdate=2007-09-26 ]

Beacon Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses. [ cite web|url= |title=Association of American University Presses Membership Directory |accessdate=2007-09-26]

In 1971, it published the "Senator Gravel edition" of "The Pentagon Papers" for the first time in book form, when no other publisher was willing to risk publishing such controversial material. Robert West, then-president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, approved the decision to publish the "The Pentagon Papers", which West claims resulted in two-and-a-half years of harassment and intimidation by the Nixon administration. []

Beacon Press launched its blog, Beacon Broadside, in late September 2007. [ [ Philocrites: Beacon Press launches 'Beacon Broadside' blog ] ]

Beacon Press claims to publish works that affirm and promote several 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 the 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. [ History and Mission ] ]

Books and authors

Beacon Press publishes non-fiction, fiction, and poetry titles. Some of Beacon's most recent and well-known titles are listed below.


In 1992, Beacon won an award a New England Book Award for publishing. [ cite web|url= |title=New England Book Awards |accessdate=2007-09-26 ] In 1993, Beacon was voted "Trade Publisher of the Year" by the Literary Market Place.


External links

* [ Beacon Press's Home Page]
* [ Beacon Broadside – a project of Beacon Press]
*"Democracy Now!" Special: [ "How the Pentagon Papers Came to Be Published by the Beacon Press:] Mike Gravel, Daniel Ellsberg, and Robert West (audio/video and transcript)
* [ Unitarian Universalist Association]

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