Founded in 1854, Beacon has published many groundbreaking classics, including Jame's Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son
, Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man
, Jean Baker Miller's Toward a New Psychology of Women
, and Mary Daly's Gyn/Ecology
. In 1971, Beacon published the Senator Gravel edition of The Pentagon Papers
in five volumes, prompting a call from then-president Richard Nixon and ultimately resulting in a Supreme Court Case. Beacon is also the publisher of Cornel West's acclaimed Race Matters
, Michael Patrick MacDonald's All Souls
, Geoffrey Canada's Fist Stick Knife Gun
, Anita Hill's Reimagining Equality
, and fourteen titles by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver
In May 2009, Beacon Press announced a new partnership with the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.
, for a new publishing program, the King Legacy. Beacon will print new editions of previously published King titles and compile Dr. King's writings, sermons, orations, lectures, and prayers into entirely new editions, including significant new introductions by leading scholars. This partnership brings together the legacy of one of the most important civil rights and social justice leaders in the world with one of the oldest and most respected independent publishing houses in America.