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Founded in 1935, the Louisiana State University Press is a nonprofit book publisher dedicated to the publication of scholarly, general interest, and regional books. As an integral part of LSU, the Press shares the university’s goal of the dissemination of knowledge and culture. LSU Press is one of the oldest and largest university presses in the South and among the outstanding publishers of scholarly books in country. It holds membership in the Association of American University Presses, the largest organization of scholarly publishers in the world. This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... A university press is an academic, nonprofit publishing house that is typically affiliated with a large research university. ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... 1. ... Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, or simply Louisiana State University or LSU is a public university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ...

Over the decades, LSU Press has grown steadily and currently publishes approximately eighty new books each year as well as a backlist of some 1,000 titles. Noted internationally for its books, the Press’s primary areas of focus include southern history, biography, and literature; the Civil War and World War II; poetry; political philosophy and political communications; music studies, particularly jazz; geography and environmental studies; and illustrated books about the Gulf South region. The Press is perhaps most widely recognized as the original publisher of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. In the mid-nineties it launched the acclaimed paperback fiction reprint series Voices of the South and in 2005, after a hiatus of about a decade, resumed publishing original fiction under the new series Yellow Shoe Fiction, edited by Michael Griffith. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead: 50,000,000 Military dead: 8,000,000 Civilian dead: 4,000,000 Total dead 12,000,000 World War II (abbreviated WWII), or the Second World War, was a worldwide conflict... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about the state, government, politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law and the enforcement of a legal code by authority: what they are, why (or even if) they are needed, what makes a government legitimate, what... Political communications is a field of communications that is concerned with politics. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... Environmental studies is the systematic study of human interaction with their environment. ... The Gulf South is a region of the United States that consists of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, all of which border the Gulf of Mexico on the Gulf Coast of the United States. ... John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist, from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... A Confederacy of Dunces is a novel written by John Kennedy Toole, published in 1980, 11 years after the authors suicide. ... Michael Griffith is a novelist and short-story writer. ...

LSU Press is the only university press to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry. Through the years, its books have earned many prestigious honors, including a total of four Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Booker Prize, the American Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Bancroft Prize, the Lincoln Prize, the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets, and numerous others. Prizes are regularly bestowed on LSU Press authors for the excellence of their general body of work, from such notable institutions as the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Foundation, and the Cleveland Foundation. All books that the Press publishes must undergo a rigorous approval process that includes assessment by outside experts in the book’s field and a favorable recommendation by the University Press Committee. The Bancroft Prize was established in 1948 with a bequest from Frederic Bancroft and is awarded by Columbia University for books about diplomacy or about the history of the Americas which were first published the year before. ... The Lincoln Prize has been awarded annually since 1991 by Gettysburg College for the best non-fiction historical work of the year on the American Civil War. ... The Academy of American Poets is the largest organization in the United States dedicated to the art of poetry. ... The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. History Standard Oil president, then chairman of the board, Henry Clay Folger was an avid collector of Shakespeareana. ... American Academy of Arts and Letters is an organization whose goal is to foster, assist, and sustain an interest in American literature, music, and art. ...

There are two publishing seasons at LSU Press, fall and spring. Each season’s books are announced in a printed catalog and on the LSU Press Web site. A complete list of in-print titles is available for browsing on the Web site.

The LSU Press offices are located at 3990 W. Lakeshore Drive, on sorority row on the LSU campus. Books are not available for direct purchase at the offices, but prepaid mail orders are accepted via phone, fax, e-mail, or U.S. mail. Visitors are welcome to drop by the Press reception area and pick up a catalog between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

At the Lakeshore offices, a staff of approximately thirty-five go about the business of book publishing under the leadership of MaryKatherine Callaway, the sixth director in the Press’s history. Editorial, design, marketing, sales, business, and administrative functions are carried out year round. The typesetting, printing, and binding of books are done offsite by outside contractors. Finished books are stored at the LSU Press warehouse on River Road in Baton Rouge.

As an academic unit of the University, LSU Press does receive some state funding. However, the Press is 90 percent self-supporting with revenue derived from book sales, subsidiary rights, licenses, grants, and contributions from private individuals.



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