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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (an eyewitness account)

As some of you may know, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. has taken several of its 82 copies of the First Folio on tour this year, bringing one to each of the fifty U.S. states and Puerto Rico to honor the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Drew University, my alma mater, was the tour's only stop in New Jersey, most likely due to the… Continue reading First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (an eyewitness account)

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Behind the Scenes at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Last week, I attended the New York Antiquarian Book Fair as an exhibitor for the third year in a row. The fair is an elaborate and exciting four-day event in which over 200 dealers from five continents display and sell antiquarian books, historic documents and autographs, ephemera, illuminated manuscripts, maps, and other collectible works on paper. It is probably the largest and… Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

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Historical Fiction and the Historian, or why I’m not as different from fiction writers as I thought

I’m currently taking an online class about historical fiction. For whatever reason, writing fiction of any kind has never appealed for me; I’m taking the class because I’m interested in learning about the genre, not attempting to join it. However, the class has spent a lot of time discussing the relationship between historical fiction and… Continue reading Historical Fiction and the Historian, or why I’m not as different from fiction writers as I thought

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Lost Languages and conversations about them

It's been a long time since I've been as excited about a book as I was about Andrew Robinson's Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002), and I get excited about books almost every day. Lost Languages is a really excellent and informative introduction to the world's un-deciphered writing… Continue reading Lost Languages and conversations about them

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I Want to be a Tolkienologist — my review of David Day’s The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings

The fact that it is still December and I'm already writing a review of a book I got for Christmas should tell you everything you need to know about how wonderful this book was. David Day's The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings. (New York: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2013) is a 184-page-long,… Continue reading I Want to be a Tolkienologist — my review of David Day’s The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings

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Nerd Candy: Doodles in Medieval Manuscripts

I loved medieval graffiti, and now I find out that there are medieval doodles, too! What more could a history nerd want? I just came across an article on Colossal (a very cool site, by the way, so be sure to follow it) about some work being done by Erik Kwakkel, a manuscript historian at Leiden University. Kwakkel is… Continue reading Nerd Candy: Doodles in Medieval Manuscripts

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B.A Shapiro’s “The Art Forger: A Novel” — more a personal reaction than a review

To be honest, I haven't been much into reading fiction lately. When I was in grade school, I used to devour juvenile and young adult novels by the hundreds, but recently I have preferred my television and movies fictional and my books factual. However, when I happened to mention to my boss that I've been reading a lot about famous art forgers… Continue reading B.A Shapiro’s “The Art Forger: A Novel” — more a personal reaction than a review

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Book Review: Figure Skating and the Arts, Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration

When my new boss found out that I'm a figure skater, the first thing he said was "I have a book you really need to see." That book is Figure Skating and the Arts, Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration. After locating it amidst the vast inventory of books we work with, he gave it to… Continue reading Book Review: Figure Skating and the Arts, Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration