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Book History, vol. 10

Edited by Ezra Greenspan, and Edited by Jonathan Rose
  • Copyright: 2006
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Illustrations: 14 b&w illustrations/1 map
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-02766-1

Book History is the annual journal of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, Inc. (SHARP).

Book History is devoted to every aspect of the history of the book, broadly defined as the history of the creation, dissemination, and the reception of script and print. Book History publishes research on the social, economic, and cultural history of authorship, editing, printing, the book arts, publishing, the book trade, periodicals, newspapers, ephemera, copyright, censorship, literary agents, libraries, literary criticism, canon formation, literacy, literacy education, reading habits, and reader response.

Ezra Greenspan is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. Among his other publications is George Palmer Putnam: Representative American Publisher (Penn State, 2000).

Jonathan Rose is Professor of History and Director of the Graduate Program in Book History at Drew University. He was the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. He is the editor of The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (2001) and the author of The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001).


1. The Secrets of Success: Microinventions and Bookselling in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands

Laura Cruz

2. Thomas Lechford’s Plain Dealing: Censorship and Cosmopolitan Print Culture in the English Atlantic

Jeffrey Glover

3. Lost Encyclopedias: Before and After the Enlightenment

Richard Yeo

4. Contesting the Page: The Author and the Illustrator in France, 1830–1848

Keri A. Berg

5. Composing the First Leaves of Grass: How Whitman Used His Early Notebooks

Matt Miller

6. “Sir, It Is an Outrage”: George Bentley, Robert Black, and the Condition of the Mid-List Author in Victorian Britain

Solveig C. Robinson

7. Geneva v. Saint Petersburg: Two Concepts of Literary Property and the Material Lives of Books in Under Western Eyes

Shafquat Towheed

8. “What Would Jesus Do?”: The Social Gospel and the Literary Marketplace

Erin A. Smith

9. Books Are Weapons: Wartime Responses to the Nazi Bookfires of 1933

Matthew C. Fishburn

10. Book History in Premodern China: The State of the Discipline I

Cynthia Brokaw

11. Modern Chinese Print and Publishing Culture: The State of the Discipline II

Christopher A. Reed


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