DeLong Book History Prize Winners

2017 – Eva Mroczek, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Highly Commended: Jonathan G Alexander, The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy, 1450 – 1650 (Yale University Press, 2017).

Highly Commended: Noah Millstone, Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

2016 – Kristina Lundblad, Bound to be Modern: Publishers’ Cloth Bindings and the Material Culture of the Book, 1840-1914 (Oak Knoll Press, 2015; translated by Alan Crozier).

Highly Commended: Nick Hopwood, Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Highly Commended: Kate Loveman, Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

2015 – Daniel Wakelin, Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

2015 – Paula Rabinowitz, American Pulp: How Paperbacks brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton University Press, 2014)

2014 – David McKitterick, Old Books, New Technologies. The Representation, Conservation and Transformation of Books since 1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Highly Commended: Ellen Gruber Garvey, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2013)

2013 – Helen Smith, ‘Grossly Material Things’: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Highly Commended: Sachiko Kusukawa, Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Highly Commended: Mary Franklin-Brown, Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

2012 – Barbara Hochman“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Reading Revolution(University of Massachusetts Press, 2011)

2011 – John B HenchBooks as Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II (Cornell University Press, 2010)

2010 – Catherine J. GoldenPosting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing(University Press of Florida, 2009)

2009 – Matthew KirschenbaumMechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008)

2008 – James RavenThe Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450-1850 (Yale University Press, 2007)

2007 – Rimi B. ChatterjeeEmpires of the Mind: A History of the Oxford University Press in India During the Raj (Oxford University Press, 2006)

2006 – Heather Andrea WilliamsSelf-taught: African American Education in Freedom and Slavery (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)

2005 – Simone MurrayMixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics(University of Michigan Press, 2004)

2004 – Janine BarchasGraphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

2003 – Elizabeth McHenryForgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (Duke University Press, 2002)

2002 – Jonathan RoseThe Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (Yale University Press, 2001)

2001 – Kevin SharpeReading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2000)

2000 – Scott CasparConstructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-century America (University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

1999 – Adrian JohnsThe Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making(University of Chicago Press, 1998)

1998 – Ellen Gruber GarveyThe Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s-1910s (Oxford University Press, 1997)

The George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize 2016

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is delighted to announce the award of the 2017 DeLong Book History Book Prize to Eva Mroczek of UC Davis, USA, for her title The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (published by Oxford University Press).

In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Claire Squires, SHARP’s Director of Publications and Awards:

“The book is breathtaking and beautifully-written, taking issue with the notion of both ‘the Bible’ and ‘the book’. Stripping away scholarly assumptions about early Jewish literary culture, this study tackles the scraps, fragments and scrolls that have, over the centuries, been imaginatively ordered – often, as Mroczek shows, erroneously – into a coherent canon. The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity asks readers to explore the literature of early Judaism on its own terms, and, in doing so, prompts us to rethink dominant paradigms which structure our imaginative approach to biblical literature and textual circulation. Despite its impressive and wide-ranging scholarship, the book is deft of touch, enjoyable and accessible, and should be read by any scholar interested in the history of the Bible, early Jewish literature, and the idea of the book.”

Eva Mrocek receives $1,000 as winner of the SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize.

Two Highly Commended Awards were made: to Jonathan G Alexander, Emeritus Professor at NYU in the US, for The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy, 1450 – 1650 (Yale University Press), and to Noah Millstone of the University of Birmingham in the UK, for Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press).