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Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books Hardcover – November 29, 2011
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Price's books include The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel and (co-edited with Pamela Thurschwell) Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture; she has also edited (with Seth Lerer) a special issue of PMLA on The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature. She writes on old and new media for the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, and the Boston Globe.
Unpacking my Library: Writers and their Books is just out from Yale University Press; How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain is forthcoming from Princeton in spring 2012. Price is at work on a new book, The Book that Never Was: How Idealizing the Printed Past is Distorting Our Digital Future.
Top Customer Reviews
I was not aware of the dimensions of the book before reading it. I assumed it would be a bigger coffee table type book, but is is surprisingly compact.
Each author's personal library is photographed- though not necessarily in its entirety- folowed by closeups of selected shelves so you get an idea of the space
(you may develop bookcase envy), quantity, and organizational scheme . The author selects 10 books to feature, which are photographed separately. The photographs are accompanied by fairly brief but compelling interviews.
It is a small disappointment that the complete collections weren't photographed . ( What was omitted is addressed in a few of the interviews). I'd like have seen an estimate of the number of volumes in each collection.
This is an interesting and timely book given that physical book collections are probably beginning a decline, even among book lovers. Add this one to your physical collection today.
If you are a booklover spend a couple of hours with this delightful book. If you know a booklover this would make an outstanding gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was interested in what others do with their books....displaying, arranging, saving, discarding and reading them. Their 10 favorite books were surprising.... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
What better than browsing an intelligent reader's shelf? How enticing o not just see but also get annotations of the shelf. I got many great books from their choices. Thank you!Published 21 months ago by feather pen
Not worth wasting time with, unless (like me) you have a huge number of books and don't know how best to shelve them.
Some good ideas here, albeit expensive. Read more