Sunday, February 28, 2016

Links & Reviews

- President Obama announced this week that he will nominate Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress, to near-universal acclaim. Hayden must now be confirmed by the Senate.

- A new exhibition, "Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing" is now open at the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA. I went to the opening on Friday night, and do encourage anyone in the area to come by and give the exhibit a look.

- Legal disputes over a cache of documents created by the Korean National Association in the early 20th century have ended in a settlement: USC will conserve and digitize the material, with the originals going to Korea until a proper facility can be constructed for their long-term storage.

- A great post by Susan Martin at The Beehive about the sleuthing it took to identify the author of a manuscript diary recently acquired by MHS. Well done!

- The Huntington Library has acquired by gift the Lawrence D. and Betty Jeanne Longo Collection on Reproductive Biology, a large collection of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, &c. related to the history of human reproduction.

- Eric Kwakkel's new post, "Dirty Old Books," surveys what signs of use on medieval manuscripts tell us about how these documents were used.

- Heather Wolfe explores the knotty question of textual variants in William Henry Ireland's forged Shakespeare documents.

- Keith Houston's forthcoming The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time (W.W. Norton) is now available for pre-order.

- The Library of Congress has digitized the Rosa Parks papers currently on loan to LC from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

- Voting is now open for "Oddest Book Title of the Year 2015" contest.

- At Atlas Obscura, Natalie Zarrelli takes a look at lighthouse libraries.

- Christopher Minty talked to Ted O'Reilly of the N-YHS about the work done to process the N-YHS' institutional archives.

- Budget cuts are expected to hit the National Library of Australia extremely hard, according to a report in the Canberra Times.

- Historian Elizabeth Eisenstein died on 31 January: this week obituaries appeared in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

- Don't miss Rebecca Romney's excellent post memorializing Umberto Eco.


- Manisha Sinha's The Slave's Cause; review by Ira Berlin in the NYTimes.

- Alison Weir's The Lost Tudor Princess; review by Philippa Gregory in the WaPo.

- Claire Harman's Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart; reviews by Laurie Stone in the WaPo and Julia M. Klein in the LATimes.

- A whole slew of recent Tolkien-related books; review by Roz Kaveney in the TLS.

- William Egginton's The Man Who Invented Fiction; review by David Wootton in the WSJ.

- Eric Burns' The Golden Lad; review by Roger Lowenstein in the WSJ.

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