Jon Wynne-Tyson

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Jon Wynne-Tyson (born 6 July 1924) is a British author, publisher,[1][2] activist and pacifist who founded Centaur Press in 1954.[3] He ran Centaur Press from his home in Sussex and is a distinguished independent publisher.[2][4] Centaur Press was a full-time independent publishing company until it was sold in 1998. The output from Centaur Press ranged from small stories illustrated by his first wife Joan Stanton to the substantial hardback series Centaur Classics, which included such titles as Leland's five volume Itinerary in England and Wales, Tyndale's translation of the Pentateuch, and Burns' Commonplace Book.[5]

The company expanded into humane education releasing titles on topics such as vegetarianism, animal rights and related philosophy. The firm also published works of fiction (So Say Banana Bird), classical literature and philosophy (The Myths of Plato) and poetry. At one time Wynne-Tyson held the title of "King of Redonda", a literary title referencing a small island. He has written 14 books in total,[citation needed] including books about vegetarianism and animal rights.[1] His most recent book, published by Michael Russel Publishing Ltd, is an autobiography entitled Finding the Words: A Publishing Life[5] and focuses on his life in publishing. His autobiography also describes the relationship between his mother Esmé Wynne-Tyson and her close friend Noël Coward.[4]

Published works[edit]

  • Food For a Future - The Complete Case For Vegetarianism ISBN 978-0722514405 (1979)
  • The Extended Circle - A Dictionary of Humane Thought ISBN 978-0747406334 (1985)


  1. ^ a b Walters, Kerry S., Portmess, Lisa, 1999, Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer, SUNY Press, p. 233, ISBN 0-7914-4044-3.
  2. ^ a b Hoare, Philip, 2005-05-22, Manuscripts and the Master, Telegraph.
  3. ^ Handley-Taylor, Geoffrey (1958). International Who's who in Poetry - Volume 2. International Biographical Centre. p. 155. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b Newley, Patrick, 3005-03-04, Coward’s confidante - Esme Wynne, The Stage.
  5. ^ a b Lister, Michael (2005). "Finding the Words". Textualities. Retrieved 25 October 2010.

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