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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume VThe Irish Book in English, 1891-2000$
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Clare Hutton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199249114.001.0001

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The Gallery Press

The Gallery Press

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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume V

Colleen McKenna

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the history of Gallery Press, one of the major players in the publishing industry in Ireland. It first considers Gallery Press’s early years since its establishment in 1970 by Peter Fallon, to its evolution from a broadsheet series into an alternative press for Irish poets. It then examines the 1960s Irish publishing context from which Gallery Press emerged, the evolution of its list, its critical reception across three decades of existence, and its contribution to the shaping of the Irish book in the late twentieth century. It also discusses Fallon’s socio-political agenda of ‘repatriating’ Irish artists such as Derek Mahon and Gallery Press’s publication of ‘interim texts’ or ‘pamphlets’. Finally, the chapter analyses Gallery Press’s book design that reflects its corporate identity.

Keywords:   history, Gallery Press, publishing, Ireland, Peter Fallon, alternative press, Derek Mahon, interim texts, pamphlets, book design

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