Oneworld launches the Calder Collection
25.02.10 | Catherine Neilan
Oneworld Classics is launching a new imprint that focuses on “some of the best classics” published by John Calder between 1949 and 2000, as well as newly-commissioned works from world literature.
The Calder Collection will particularly focus on Scottish works, “in a bid to reconnect the Calder name with its Scottish roots”. The series will be developed using the new short-print-run and print-on-demand technology.
The first 10 titles in the Calder Collection, which includes work by Stendhal, Franz Kafka and Walter Scott, will be launched at the end of March. A new batch of 10-15 titles will follow every month, with work by Ovid, Lucretius and Robert Louis Stevenson already lined up for April.
The initial print runs will range between 100 and 300 units for each title. The works will be available both in paperback and hardback, with prices ranging from £9.99-£17.99, depending on the page extent.
Alessandro Gallenzi, publisher of Alma Books and Oneworld Classics, said: “This is a project I have been working on for many years, and obviously the advances in printing technology, and our recent acquisition of Calder Publications with its fantastic backlist, has finally made it possible. I am
excited at the prospect of making available so many lesser-known classics of world literature to the English-speaking readers.”
The Calder Collection would look to build on Oneworld’s output, by almost doubling the list to 300 titles by the end of the year.
Gallenzi said the success of projects such as Faber Finds gave him “confidence that the Calder Collection could have a major impact on the reading habits of English readers”.
He added: “By reprinting and commissioning so many classics of English literature, – often unjustly forgotten ones – and by offering an opportunity for riskier and often commercially unviable titles to find a way to print, we hope to become, in time, a one-stop shop for classics lovers.”
Gallenzi has previously criticised p.o.d publishing for keeping “everything alive in electronic limbo”, and stressed the series would be “backed by a traditional marketing and publicity campaign”, with a fully-transactional website to be launched with the first wave of titles, through which
translators will also be able to submit their work on “no-advance, royalty-based” terms.
Oneworld acquired the Calder list, excluding Samuel Beckett’s work, which went to Faber, in