DeLong Book History Prize Winners

2020 – Jeffrey T Zalar, Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

2019 – Brent Nongbri, God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts (Yale University Press, 2018)

Highly Commended: David McKitterick, The Invention of Rare Books: Private Interest and Public Memory, 1600–1840 (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Highly Commended: Adam Smyth, Material Texts in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

2018 – Eric Marshall White, Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible (Brepols, 2017).

Highly Commended: Tom MoleWhat the Victorians Made of Romanticism: Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History (Princeton University Press, 2016).

2017 – Eva Mroczek, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Highly Commended: Jonathan G Alexander, The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy, 1450 – 1650 (Yale University Press, 2016).

Highly Commended: Noah Millstone, Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

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 – Marianna Shreve Simpson, Sultan Ibrahim Mirza’s Haft Awrang: A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-Century Iran (Yale University Press, 1997)

1997 – Ellen Gruber GarveyThe Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s-1910s (Oxford University Press, 1996)

The George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize 2020

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is delighted to announce the award of the 2020 DeLong Book History Book Prize to Jeffrey T Zalar, Associate Professor; Ruth J. & Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies, Department of History, the University of Cincinnati for his title Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914 (Cambridge University Press)

In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s virtual conference judge Michael Hancher commented:

Richly informed by archival research and set out in a detailed and compelling narrative, this book illuminates how a major reading community actually functioned during the efflorescence of popular print culture. Conventional notions of clerical control over the reading habits of the lower-class Catholic population in Germany are dissolved by the facts discovered here, which reveal readers’ prolonged and far-reaching engagement, sometimes hesitant, sometimes confident, with all kinds of forbidden books. The drive for communal discipline epitomized by the Index Liborum Prohibitorum could not withstand the pervasive appeal of books as such, nor of magazines and newspapers, all of them mass-produced commodities that at once enlarged the field of discussable ideas, established a ground for private subjectivity, and advertised the allures of commodity culture. Professor Zalar’s stimulating account of German Catholic readers demonstrates why the history of reading and of lower-class cultures cannot be told solely in terms of the intentions of the elite, and how we should appreciate the agency of readers. It is a major contribution to book history and a model for future research.

Jeffrey T Zalar receives $1,000 as winner of the SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize.

Commendations were also made to (in alphabetical order) Robert Culp (Bard College) for The Power of Print in Modern China (Columbia UP), Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) for Voices and Books in the English Renaissance (Oxford UP), and Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana University) for Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Princeton UP)