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Critical and Scholarly Editions


Critical editions: Innovative critical approaches to works of fiction and nonfiction that steer away from the historicist tradition in book editing. Universitas favors editions that look at texts from postcolonial, feminist, queer, and other contemporary perspectives.

Scholarly editions: Modern approaches to editing and annotating classics, to favor an extensive reading, with contextualized information relevant to today’s reader.

The History of Emily Montague
The Piazza Tales
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Dracula: The Postcolonial Edition

The Trail of the Serpent

American Notes for General Circulation

Our newest title

Editeb by Cristina Artenie


190 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

8 b&w illus.,

Release Date: Feb 27 2023,

Hardcover, ISBN:9781988963426

Paperback, ISBN:9781988963433


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 selling account, occupies a special place in Canadian writing.

Featured title

Editeb by Henry M. Wallace


240 pages, 6 x 9


Release Date:15 Jan 2023


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.

This is the first contemporary scholarly edition of the novel. It is a tribute to Eliot’s writing and a literary rescue operation.


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We promise you the best reader experience

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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