Established in 1981, Bedford/St. Martin's is a college publisher specializing in the humanities. It is the largest publisher of textbooks for English composition courses, as well as a leading publisher in the disciplines of history, literature, communications, and music. They publish the best-selling textbook in the United States: A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker, now out in its sixth edition. A number of other best-selling texts in the B/SM list include The St. Martin's Guide to College Writing, The American Promise, Media & Culture, and Patterns for College Writing.