What We’re Reading: Oct. 31- Nov. 4

Emily:

Ian Buruma, Oscar Wilde’s ‘Living Death’ (NYRB)

William Davies, Home Office Rules (LRB)

John Gallagher, Elzābet of Anletār (LRB)

Anne Grikitis, Women in the Civil Service, WW1: winning the battle for acceptance (History of Government)

Erin:

Lorrie More, “The Case of O.J. Simpson (NYRB)

David Horspool, “Violent England” (TLS)

Eliot Weinberger, “Who Won’t Be Voting for Trump” (LRB)

“Six months after our initial launch, the Women in Book History Bibliography has exponentially increased in volume and usability. We have expanded our source count from 165 at launch to 588, and our latest update added Subject Heading pages to assist users in locating material on the subjects of Authorship, Book Trades, Feminist Editing, Genre Studies, Manuscript and Letters, Reading and Consumption, and Professional Writing.” [From a posting to ExLibris-L)

Jean Rhys, The Wide Sargasso Sea (I’m reading Popular Library edition published in 1966, which I bought at the wonderful Monroe Street Books in Middlebury, VT. The cover illustration and green edges evoke the overwhelming fecundity and terror in Rhys’ descriptions of Jamaica, her novel’s setting. In other words, I’m really enjoying my copy of this superb novel.)

Thanks to a blog post on the conservation of the Negro Traveler’s Green Book at the New-York Historical Society, I browsed through NYPL’s digital collection of several editions of the title.

Giving credit where credit is due: many of my weekly links to internet articles come from the tireless Jeremy Dibbell’s wonderful blog, PhiloBiblos. Jeremy is the Director of Communication and Outreach at Rare Book School; check in with him weekly for a round-up of all the news (and great reading) in the worlds of libraries and book collecting.

Carolyn:

Richard Evans, “Wait and See” (LRB)

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