Leopold Mazac Publishing House became once a symbol of the success of young Slovak literature as well as well-established brand. However, after the year1948 the publisher's name almost disappeared from the Czechoslovak book industry history. Although Jan Smrek, the publisher's friend and long-term collaborator, did his best in the 1960s to remind us of Mazac's activities related to Slovak literature, a complex evaluation study has not yet been written in our country. In spite of the fact that Mazac was the very first publisher to dispel the long-lasting myth of Slovak literature being unprofitable and sparked the interest in its new as well as older literary production. The present study is concerned with Leopold Mazac Publishing House foundation, history and contribution to Slovak culture. It presents little-known facts related to the subject mainly relying on archival materials deposited at the literary archive of the Museum of Czech Literature, the National Museum Library Archive in Prague and the Art and Literature Archive in Martin.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.