Welcome to The Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), a critical digital archive of early twentieth-century publishers, beginning with Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press (est. 1917). We currently have over 4000 artifacts on the site, including one-of-a-kind dust jackets, author and publisher correspondences, readers’ reports, printing and production papers, illustrations, and born digital biographies of people and presses.  We are actively adding more content, and soliciting new materials, as MAPP grows. For a detailed description of our team origins, intellectual history and critical methodology, digital infrastructure, and aspirations for the site, please check out our collaborative book, Scholarly Adventures in Digital Humanities: The Making of the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (Palgrave 2017).

Recent Blog Posts

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Authored by Nicola Wilson

As part of the centenary celebrations of the Hogarth Press taking place around the Annual Virginia Woolf conference at the University of Reading this year, we are inviting letterpress artists and printers to submit works on paper relating to the broad theme of ‘Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press At 100’.

Works may respond to a variety of themes including:

– hand-press and letterpress work in the first machine-age

– publishing in wartime

– art as therapy

– women’s writing

– modernist printing

– the author as publisher

– the book arts and aesthetics of the Hogarth Press

Deadline 5 May 2017.

Single sheet works may be submitted on any sized paper.

Artist’s name and any contributing designers, imprint, the location of press and other printing details may be included on the print.

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Authored by Alice Staveley

You might wonder what these three names have in common.  For MAPP, quite a lot. It was widely reported last fall that Sarah Jessica Parker, former star of the HBO hit Sex in the City, and now widely known by her initials SJP, has been commissioned an editorial director of an eponymous series within the Hogarth imprint. Random House resurrected The Hogarth Press imprint in 2012 in homage to the Woolfs’ publishing house.

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Authored by Nicola Wilson

We are looking forward to hosting the Annual Virginia Woolf conference at Reading this summer, 29 June- 2 July. www.woolf2017.com

In additon to launching the first phase of MAPP, there will be contributions from Cassandra Laity and the new Feminist Modernist Studies journal (Routledge Press, launching later this year), Nicola Beauman of Persephone Books, Uzma Hameed (dramaturg of Wayne's McGregor's ballet Woolf Works), Professor Ted Bishop of the University of Alberta, Professor Susheila Nasta MBE, and Professor Anna Snaith. In the centenary year of the Hogarth Press, we are also organising a roundtable of publishers and booksellers to address issues around feminist and independent publishing today. There will be an exhibition of materials relating to the Hogarth Press, including contemporary artworks, running at Reading's Special Collections between June and September.

Call for Papers:

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