Records of Merlin Press

Martin Eve founded the Merlin Press in 1956. The core of the Merlin list was works of politics, history and philosophy associated with the New Left. In 1964 the press launched the Socialist Register which set the tone for the whole Merlin list in its commitment and freedom from any party line. The revival of the left in universities meant the journal was well received and gave Merlin Press more financial stability from which it went on to publish, amongst other authors, books by E.P. Thompson and Ralph Miliband.

In order to supplement their income, from 1960 Eve published a series of collections of cartoons about monks by Hugh Burnett and in 1968 he started the Seafarer imprint.

The collection includes correspondence with publishers and authors, notably Georg Luk√°cs, business records and drafts of unpublished books.  

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