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 Kathy Peiss, Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe (Oxford University Press, 2020), Jeffrey T Zalar, Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 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), and David McKitterick’s Old Books, New Technologies: The Representation, Conservation and Transformation of Books since 1700 (CUP, 2013).

Contact details

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

Ellen Barth

This Year’s Winner

Elizabeth McHenry, Professor of English at New York University, for To Make Negro Literature: Writing, Literary Practice, and African American Authorship
(Duke University Press, 2021)

Elizabeth McHenry

Duke University Press
Emily Lawrence

Highly Commended

Margaret Meserve (University of Notre Dame) for Papal Bull: Print, Politics, and Propaganda in Renaissance Rome
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021)

Margaret Meserve

Johns Hopkins University Press
Kathryn Marguy