DeLong Book History Prize

About the DeLong Prize

SHARP annually awards a $1,000 prize to the author of the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print published in the previous year.

Owing to the generosity of the DeLong family in endowing the prize, from 2004 it has been known as the George A. and Jeanne S. DeLong Book History Book Prize. George and Jeanne DeLong always valued education. George had a life-long love of learning that he began as an autodidact when he was in the U.S. Navy. (He was aboard the USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor and survived the attack on December 7, 1941.) Jeanne grew up in a house surrounded by books and music. George and Jeanne met in college, which would not have been possible for George without the GI bill.

Previous winners of the DeLong Book History Book Prize include Brent Nongbri, God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts (Yale University Press, 2018), Eric White, curator of rare books at Princeton University Libraries, USA, Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible (Brepols, 2017), Eva Mroczek’s The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016), Kristina Lundblad’s Bound to be Modern (Oak Knoll Press, 2015), Daniel Wakelin’s Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (CUP, 2014), Paula Rabinowitz’s American Pulp: How Paperbacks brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton University Press, 2014), David McKitterick’s Old Books, New Technologies: The Representation, Conservation and Transformation of Books since 1700 (CUP, 2013), and Helen Smith’s ‘Grossly Material Things’: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England  (OUP, 2012). Details of the 2021 prize submission process are available here.

Contact details

SHARP/DeLong Book History Book Prize
Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold
Director of Awards, SHARP

Cambridge University Press                                           Jeffrey T Zalar
Vincent Satkovski and Emma Goff-Leggett          

Columbia University Press                                             Robert Culp
Meredith Howard                                                  

Oxford University Press                                                  Jennifer Richards
Shannen Bennett                                                  

Princeton University Press                                             Fei-Hsien Wang
Claudia Classon                                                   

This Year’s Winner (2020)

Jeffrey T Zalar, Associate Professor; Ruth J. & Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies, for Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914 (Cambridge University Press)

Highly Commended (2020)

Robert Culp (Bard College) for The Power of Print in Modern China (Columbia University Press)

Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) for Voices and Books in the English Renaissance (Oxford University Press).

Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana University) for Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Princeton University Press).