No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore, never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Our mission is to bring hope and light into the world through the art of storytelling. To unite communities and nations through a common dominator – the love of books. Love - the underlined, most important component in the equation.
We recognize and identify on every level of human understanding that freedom of speech is a sacred, inalienable right protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights under Article 19.
Fighting for freedom of expression, especially that of artistic nature and liberty, is a continuous battle, and we at Manuscripts consider ourselves to be one of its humble but ardent defenders.
With that being said, human beings are a color palette of complexities and beautiful spectrums of emotion – and as there are very few subjects and statements that can be absolute, we believe that freedom of expression has limitations.
The Holocaust was the single worst act of genocide in the twentieth century. Despite the collective promise of mankind, "never again," horrific systematic killing still occurred in Bosnia and Rwanda. The instances mentioned above did not begin with an act of murder but with dehumanizing words, often targeting those belonging to ethnic, religious, or linguistic minorities. It is the duty of every individual as it is the duty of corporations and companies dealing with intellectual properties, public IPs, and artistic expressions to moderate harmful language, displays of violence, or images associated with hatred.
It is our most profound belief that any form of written or spoken content that may incite violence or potentially cause either physical harm or mental damage of any kind directly or indirectly, is content that we cannot publish under our brand and categorize in good faith as "freedom of expression" or "artistic liberty."
We are invested in embracing diversity for the well-being of everyone and protecting explicitly marginalized minorities prone to be targets of spite and hatred based on their identity, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, social background, or disability. One does not need to have a marginalized identity to be an ally in holding institutions, including Manuscripts and their imprints, accountable for furthering inclusivity. If ensuring communal health isn't already the most significant incentive, then there is clearly ample room for growth. There always is.
We recognize that we are all part of the main, and if a clod is washed away by the sea, not only Europe but we all are diminished.
Therefore, as far as the principal value of Manuscripts goes, the one that we all identify and pledge our hearts, minds, and souls to is to never ask for whom the bell tolls. We know it tolls for all of us.