At the end of the 19th century, Arthème Fayard Jr. helped to make literature more accessible for all by printing his books in large quantities and selling them at modest prices, thus making Fayard one of France’s most famous publishing houses. French and foreign literature, humanities, history and major essays traditionally hold pride of place at Fayard. A century and a half after it was founded in 1857, the publishing house has also diversified its activities by enriching its catalogue with the collections of various imprints, including Mazarine, Pauvert, 1001 Nuits and, as of 2010, the Pluriel paperback collection. Its catalogue currently has 8,600 titles, to which some 200 new releases are added each year. Its many signed authors in a wide range of genres – including Robert Badinter, François Bégaudeau, Jane Birkin, Janine Boissard, Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Dylan, Amanda Gorman, Yannick Haenel, Ismail Kadaré, Henry Kissinger, Serge et Beate Klarsfeld, Julia Kristeva, Frédéric Lenoir, Edgar Morin, Vincent Nouzille, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Aurélie Valognes, Hubert Védrine, Boris Vian and Général Pierre de Villiers – attest to its relevance and diversity.


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