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Universitas Press


Universitas Press is an independent academic press, peer-reviewed, based in Montreal. Established in 2014, UP is first and foremost a press for college and university instructors. Our "In the classroom", "Classics," and "Critical Editions" collections are made to teach with. 

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Our most recent titles

Impressions of Theophrastus Such is the last and perhaps the most personal book written by George Eliot. An unconventional counterpart and an edifying conclusion to her novels, it illustrates and interprets the moral history of her times. Part autobiography, part satire, part social analysis, Impressions takes a hard look at all classes and professions, with a special place reserved to authors. Eliot’s gaze moves from a peaceful, rural England in the first chapters to England as a ruthless colonising power in the last. Written by one of the sharpest minds of the nineteenth century, this is the perfect introduction to the intellectual life of Victorian England.

A first anthology of its kind, A Dark Conspiracy and Other nineteenth-Century Canadian Short Stories in English anthologizes the best stories written by Canadians. Short fiction is the most modern genre in nineteenth-century Canadian literature.
It is perfectly synchronous with short-story developments in the United States and Europe.While they contributed to the establishment of a “national” Canadian literature with their fact-based realism, nineteenth-century short-story writers in Canada also explored new literary forms and tried to capture the fleeting nature of modern life.

True crime non-fiction first published in 1817 about a famous confidence man who eluded law enforcement in both Canada and the United States. Walter Bates was the one who captured this notorious criminal when he was sheriff of King's County, New Brunswick. Bates conducted interviews with the man who escaped from custody on more than one occasion and with eye witnesses. His memoir, at the time a best seeling account, occupies a special place in Canadian writing. This is a scholarly edition that includes, besides the original text, contextual material that will help readers enjoy more fully this little-known classic of Canadian non-fiction.

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Our books are made for the college classroom. They have beautiful covers and layout, to entice students to read. The margins are slightly bigger, so students can take discreet notes. The paper, the fonts, the spacing between the lines create a flowing rhythm and encourage reading.

  • Strong editorial matter: introductions and annotations that are reflective of current scholarship as well as editorial practices;
  • Useful apparatus in our In the classroom series that guide instructors and students through the most important aspects of the period, author’s life, publications;
  • Monographs and collections of essays that engage with issues upfront and that offer ways to understand the world, be it the past or the present.

About Us

Universitas Press in an independent academic press that publishes Books that make sense of the world

UP is an indepedent publisher, peer-reviewed, and employee-owned.  established in 2014 in Montreal, Canada. 



The majority of our titles are available as eBooks through Google Play,  as PDFs via UBC Press, or through campus bookstore platforms. For personal use, we  recommend Google Play, which allows one to sample the content and format of any of our eBooks using the Google Play app. Our titles on Google Play include  both the original page layout (equivalent to a PDF) and flowing text layout (equivalent to an EPUB). 

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