“One of the great achievements in contemporary publishing is the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, founded by Louis Littman for the express purpose of publishing classic scholarly works which might find it difficult to gain the support of commercial presses.”
Albert H. Friedlander, European Judaism
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, founded by Louis Littman in memory of his father to explore, explain, and perpetuate the Jewish heritage, published its first book in 1965. As its list of published titles grew and its reputation developed, the Littman Library became established throughout the world of Jewish studies as a leader in the field.
Littman’s academic books are selected for their outstanding scholarship, objectivity, and new insights. Many are considered definitive in their field. Littman’s more general titles, written in an accessible style, aim to make important ideas available to a readership concerned with the state of the Jewish world. Littman’s translations of classic Hebrew works allow English-speaking readers to enjoy a range of exceptional works from the Jewish religious and literary corpus. The Littman Library’s dedication to quality is reflected in its choice of books to publish and in the care devoted to each book at every stage of its production. Littman has acquired a reputation for publishing books of a very high standard, works that are both definitive and well-written.
Littman is now registered as a UK charity, in recognition of its role as a publisher of quality books that might not otherwise be commercially viable. Any profits earned from the sale of books are all reinvested in the publication of new titles.