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'The History of Oxford University Press'

Donald Lamm (WW Norton and Company)

Fri, November 11, 2011 | Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

The Oxford University Press is today the unrivalled university press throughout the world.  One of its critics commented that it stands in relation to the academic world as B.P. does to that of industry.  How can its unprecedented success over some five centuries be explained?  How can one account for the growth of the branches in New York, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, and other places in Asia and Africa?  How has it managed to become so prosperous that Oxford University itself is now dependent on it?

Donald Lamm is the former President and Chairman of the WW Norton Publishing Company, where he worked for 45 years.  He graduated from Yale University in 1953.  He has served as the chairman of the governing board of Yale University Press and as a trustee of both the Columbia University Press and the University of California Press.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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