Sunday, May 08, 2016

Links & Reviews

- The Bodleian Library has acquired the Tolkien-annotated map of Middle Earth found last year.

- An Isaac Newton manuscript on Christianity and faith will be sold at PBA Galleries on 2 June.

- Matthew Kirschenbaum talked to Craig Fehrman of the Boston Globe about his new book Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing.

- John Jay's manuscript copy of "Federalist No. 2" has been identified at the Brooklyn Historical Society (where the staff didn't know this particular manuscript had been considered missing by editors).

- At The Collation, Paul Dingman takes a look at early modern account books.

- Launched this week, Women in Book History, an online bibliography that "lists secondary sources on women's writing and participation in the book trades."

- From Zoe Abrams Rare Books, "Lesson No. 1: Trust Your Instincts."

- Carl Montford writes for the APHA blog about printing from some original Bewick wood engraving blocks.

- A Napoleonic War manuscript diary was discovered amongst a storage cabinet full of unsorted books in a Hobart, Tasmania bookshop.

- Scholars argue about Shakespeare play.

- Via Dave Gary, Forbes is experimenting with putting video ad-players in their print magazine.

- New writings by Walt Whitman, a series of men's health columns, were identified by a University of Houston grad student. More from the NYTimes.

- Ted Underwood's "Versions of disciplinary history" is a good overview of the recent and ongoing arguments about "digital humanities." As he writes, "The good thing about DH is, it creates a lively community that crosses disciplinary lines to exchange ideas. The bad thing is, it also creates a community that crosses disciplinary lines to fight pointlessly over the meaning of 'digital humanities'."

- Alison Flood has more the Audubon hoax I mentioned recently, in a Guardian report.

Reviews

- Matthew Kirschenbaum's Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing; review by Josephine Livingstone in TNR.

- J. Gerald Kennedy's Strange Nation; review by Michael Livingston in the WaPo.

- Letters of a Dead Man, edited by Linda B. Parshall; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Martin Seay's The Mirror Thief; review by Michael Magras at BookPage.

- Robert Michael Morrissey's Empire by Collaboration; review by Robert Englebert at Early Canadian History.

- Michael Patrick Lynch's The Internet of Us; review essay by David Weinberger in the LARB.

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