of the Publishers and the Published of Catalonia

Barcelona, 1917-1924

Editorial Catalana

(Updated 16/05/2024)

Editorial Catalana was created upon the initiative of Enric Prat de la Riba, with Francesc Cambó at the helm of the board of directors, the brothers Josep and Pau Pugés as the managers and Josep Carner as the literary director until 1921. The publishing house started operating under the understanding that “Catalonia longs to achieve full intellectual realisation and to present itself to the world with a cultural baggage that is no less than any other European nation”. In this sense, Editorial Catalana sought to “Catalanise Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia in what is the most dignifying aspect of a people, its culture”. Another of its goals was to promote the intellectual output of Catalan authors and to show from the outset a huge amount of confidence in the possibilities of the market for books in Catalan.

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