We have been publishing foreign-language textbooks since 1974, when we came out with the first trial edition of our European Portuguese book, Portugal: Língua e Cultura. This was when we were called The Cabrilho Press, named after the Portuguese explorer who discovered California. That edition went through eighteen printings before we published the second edition in 1995.
In 1980 we published a second-year Portuguese textbook, Para a Frente! by two authors from Cornell University. This book is now in its second edition and has been reprinted over twenty times.
LinguaText incorporated in 1989 and made plans to publish "niche books" in other languages, so that much-needed, but modestly-selling textbooks could be produced to serve the education community.
LinguaText, Ltd.'s first book was a Spanish reader, Macario, and has been popular in AP Spanish classes in the high schools. Our next book was a modern French edition of the Old French Les Lais de Marie de France, destined for university undergraduates who study medieval French literature. These two titles have been moved into the European Masterpieces imprint, in the Cervantes & Co. and Molière & Co. series. The Brazilian companion to our European Portuguese book, called Brasil! Língua e Cultura was in the planning stages since 1978, but was not published until 1992. Towards the end of the nineties, Brasil! and Portugal: Língua e Cultura became two of the best selling Portuguese language textbooks in the US. In 1994, a very updated Panorama de la literature española, by Nicholson Adams and John Keller, was published, and is now part of the Juan de la Cuesta imprint. In 1995 we published Go Dutch! a first-year college-level Dutch textbook. Go Dutch! remained in print and for 20 years, and is now available as a free PDF with a downloadable MP3 audio accompaniment. 2007 saw the publication of Richard V. Teschner and Antônio R.M. Simoes' Pronouncing Brazilian Portuguese and Annette G. Cash and James C. Murray's text on translation, Teoria y tecnicas de traduccion: primeras etapas.
LinguaText Acquires Imprints
In 2004, LinguaText acquired two imprints in the fields of Spanish literary criticism and European classic literature. Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs, named after the original printer of Don Quijote in Spain, has long served Cervantists and Hispanists worldwide by publishing important works dealing with Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Modern day. European Masterpieces publishes classics of European literature designed for classroom use. The series "Cervantes & Co." includes Spanish classics and "Molière & Co." deals in French classics.
Towards the future
LinguaText continues to publish 10-20 new books every year. We are happy to serve the academic and scholarly community by publishing a wide range of research and original thought from well-known and up-and-coming scholars. Many new and exciting projects are underway, including a new series of classic Spanish translations from Tom Lathrop's alma mater, UCLA, and a collaboration with UCSB's eHumanista regarding Catalan studies.
LinguaText Team Bio
Tom Lathrop,† Ph.D., Founder: Tom's groundbreaking work as the co-author of "Brasil! Língua e Cultura," and "Portugal: Língua e Cultura," paved the way for his "The Evolution of Spanish," and "Don Quijote" for students. He edited numerous classics for the European Masterpieces imprint and translated "Don Quixote," originally for Cervantes & Co., later acquired by Signet Classics. Professor of Spanish, Emeritus, University of Delaware.
Michael P. Bolan, Publisher: Michael has worked in publishing for over twenty years and holds degrees in Fine Art, Art History and Philosophy from the University of Delaware. Michael apprenticed with Tom Lathrop until taking over the company in 2012.
Michael McGrath, Ph.D., General Editor: Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs.
Professor of Spanish, Georgia Southern University.
Matthew Wyszynski, Ph.D., General Editor: Cervantes & Co.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages, University of Akron.
Ted E. D. Braun, Ph.D., General Editor: Molière & Co.
Professor of French, Emeritus, University of Delaware
Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs
Tom Lathrop †
University of Delaware
Michael P. Bolan
Cervantes Society of America
Michael J. McGrath
Georgia Southern University
Annette Grant Cash
Georgia State University
Mark P. Del Mastro
College of Charleston
Juan F. Egea
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sarah L. Lehman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland
University of Notre Dame
Washington University in St. Louis