Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America

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Yale University Press
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6.46 X 9.5 X 1.15 inches | 1.59 pounds

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About the Author
Denise Gigante is the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. She is the author of The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George and Taste: A Literary History.
"Noted Romanticist Denise Gigante uses the sale of Charles Lamb's library as a hook on which to hang larger questions: What did English books signify for collectors on the other side of the Atlantic? How did public libraries and university libraries draw on, and differentiate themselves from, gentlemen's private collections? And most timely of all in the age of the ebook and the audiobook, what attaches us to particular copies of books rather than, or in addition to, the words that they contain?"--Leah Price, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

"Absorbing and brilliant. A remarkable piece of book history and a vividly entertaining portrait of a cast of characters to whom books were, in Gigante's words, 'a real way of life'."--Seamus Perry, University of Oxford

"In this fascinating, original, and elegantly written book, Denise Gigante traces the stories of Charles Lamb's books and how they caused a sensation in America, creating the strange book madness of America's nineteenth-century bibliomaniacs."--Nicholas Roe, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

"This book is a complete delight. In Denise Gigante's most capable hands, the sale of Charles Lamb's library is the starting point for a dizzying, enlightening, and often hilarious journey into a lost world of bibliomaniacs."--Sir Jonathan Bate, Arizona State University

"Beautifully written and compelling, this narrative experiment in book history, with its varied cast of old books and book lovers, brings bibliography and typography and the thrill of the book auction to life."--Felicity James, University of Leicester