Our Purpose

MAPP is a teaching and research project that puts book publishers back into the study of modernism

MAPP digitizes and contextualizes publishers' archives in relation to the people involved in the day-to-day business of creating and selling books.

The historical period we focus on (1900-50) was a time of exponential growth in readership, book-buying, and the number of publishing houses starting up, as the industry modernised rapidly in response to international changes in copyright, changes in printing technology, and global channels of distribution. At the same time, innovative modernist publishers were making space for new types of writing and new voices, including but not limited to working-class, African American, international, anti-colonial, and expatriate writers.

Our History