9780300170924

Unpacking My Library : Writers and Their Books

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  • ISBN13:

    9780300170924

  • ISBN10:

    0300170920

  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2011-11-29
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as objectwhether pristine collectible or battered relicis growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Booksspotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who share their collections with readers. Stunning photographs provide full views of the libraries and close-ups of individual volumes: first editions, worn textbooks, pristine hardcovers, and childhood companions. In her introduction, Leah Price muses on the history and future of the bookshelf, asking what books can tell us about their owners and what readers can tell us about their collections. Supplementing the photographs are Price's interviews with each author, which probe the relation of writing to reading, collecting, and arranging books. Each writer provides a list of top ten favorite titles, offering unique personal histories along with suggestions for every bibliophile. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Booksfeatures the libraries of: Alison Bechdel Stephen Carter Junot Diaz Rebecca Goldstein & Stephen Pinker Lev Grossman & Sophie Gee Jonathan Lethem Claire Messud & James Wood Philip Pullman Gary Shteyngart Edmund White

Author Biography

Leah Price is professor of English at Harvard University. She is the author of The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel, Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture, and Reader's Block: The Uses of Books in Nineteenth-Century Britain. She writes on old and new media for the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, and the Boston Globe.

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