Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books


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Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books by Leah Price

As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights 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 Books features the personallibraries of Alison Bechdel, Stephen Carter, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Goldsteinand Steven Pinker, Lev Grossmanand Sophie Gee, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messudand James Wood, Philip Pullman, Gary Shteyngart, and Edmund White.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300170924
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,321,460
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 2.90(d)

About the Author

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 How to Do Things with Books in Victorian 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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