Miscellany from the Material World of Books

"Our business is to see what we can do with the English language as it is. How can we combine the old words in new orders so that they survive, so that they create beauty, so that they tell the truth? That is the question." -Virginia Woolf, "Craftsmanship" 

Bookshelf Porn

The Joy of Books

The World's Largest Book


Organizing the Bookcase

Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi (nsfw)

Su Blackwell

Leah Price

Leah Price

Podcast: How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

Leah Price is Professor of English at Harvard University, where she teaches the novel, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British culture, narrative theory, gender studies, and the history of books and reading.  Price is Humanities Program Director at the Radcliffe Institute; she also co-directs the faculty seminar on the History of the Book at the Harvard Humanities Center.  In 2006 Price was awarded a chair in recognition of exceptional graduate and undergraduate teaching.

Price's books include The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel and (co-edited with Pamela Thurschwell) Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture; she has also edited (with Seth Lerer) a special issue of PMLA on The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature.  She writes on old and new media for the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, and the Boston Globe

Unpacking my Library: Writers and their Books was published by Yale University Press in 2011; How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain is just out from Princeton.  Price is at work on a new book, Book Fetish: How Understanding the Printed Past Can Transform our Digital Future.