Sunday, July 19, 2015

Links & Reviews

- A bound copy of twenty issues of All the Year Round has been determined to be annotated by Charles Dickens himself, revealing the authorship of more than 2,500 contributions to the publication. Wilkie Collins expert Paul Lewis called the find "the Rosetta Stone of Victorian studies."

- Rachel Shteir writes about the reorganization/redecoration of the Strand Bookstore in New York in the New Yorker. I haven't seen the new layout yet, but it seems an unfortunate change.

- Karla Nielsen offers a rundown of what look at the papers of Harper Lee's literary agents, in the collections of Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, can tell us about the Go Set a Watchman story.

- The AAS has acquired an important July 1774 Boston broadside printed by loyalist printer Margaret Draper.

- The first section of Pierre Bergé's library will be sold at Hôtel Drouot in Paris on 11 December. Several additional sales will follow in 2016 and 2017.

- Carolyn Waters has been named the Head Librarian of the New York Society Library.

- David Bahr talked to Gordon Wood for the Weekly Standard about the two-volume collection of Revolutionary-era pamphlets he's recently edited for the Library of America.

- A new Woodberry Poetry Room podcast takes us deep into the Houghton Library stacks.

- A $1.25 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will fund "research, education and training at the intersections of digital humanities and African American studies at the University of Maryland."

- Simon Beattie's got quite an interesting puzzle: a 19th-century binder's stamp for an "American binding workshop" in Simferopol.

- New York's Rizzoli Bookstore will reopen at 1133 Broadway (at 26th Street) on 27 July.

- For the CSM, Erik Spanberg talked with Joseph Ellis about his new book The Quartet.

- An exhibition on the Book of Common Prayer has opened at Drew University.

- The text is behind a paywall, but Haaretz reports that German police have confiscated Franz Kafka and Max Brod manuscripts believed to have been smuggled out of Israel.

Reviews

- Hugh Aldersey-Williams' In Search of Sir Thomas Browne; review by Jim Holt in the NYTimes.

- Stephen Jarvis' Death and Mr. Pickwick; review by Michael Upchurch in the NYTimes.

- John Leigh's Touché: The Duel in Literature; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Paul Slack's The Invention of Improvement; review by Alexandra Walsham in the TLS.

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