of the Publishers and the Published of Catalonia

Barcelona, 1941-1959

Josep Janés, Editor

(Updated 16/05/2024)

Josep Janés, a self-taught publisher and poet, was born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat in 1913. He founded the magazine Bandera in 1930 and was later the editor-in-chief for El Diari Mercantil between 1932 and 1933 and Avui-Diari de Catalunya in 1933. One year later, he created the popular literary collection Quaderns Literaris, and during the war years he founded La Rosa dels Vents. In 1938, he published the biweekly Avui for the Culture at the Front Services. He was imprisoned in 1939 and was released thanks to the endorsement of the Falangist writers whom he had publicly defended during war time. Two years later he founded the Josep Janés, Editor publishing house.

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Josep Janés collection at the Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya (National Archive of Catalonia)

Catalogue of publishers and booksellers from the Bergnes de las Casas collection (Biblioteca de Catalunya)

Catalogue of publishers of Catalonia from 1940 to 1975 (Biblioteca de Catalunya)

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Hurtley, Jacqueline. Josep Janés. El combat per la cultura. Barcelona: Curial, 1986, (Biblioteca de Cultura Catalana; 60)

José Janés: editor de literatura inglesa. Barcelona: PPU, 1992.

Llanas, Manuel. L'Edició a Catalunya. Segle XX (1939-1975). Barcelona: Gremi d’Editors de Catalunya, 2006.

Mengual Català, Josep. A dos tintas. Josep Janés, poeta y editor. Barcelona: Debate, 2013.

Rius i Vila, Joan. El meu Josep Janés i Olivé. L'Hospitalet de Llobregat: l'Ajuntament, 1976.

Samsó Llenas, Joan. La Cultura catalana entre la clandestinitat i la represa pública. Barcelona: Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat, 1995. Vol. 2 (Biblioteca Abat Oliba; 147)