DeLong Book History Prize Winners

2021- Kathy Peiss, Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe (Oxford University Press, 2020)

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 Jeanne S. DeLong Book History Book Prize

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 Kathy Peiss; Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, Department of History, the University of Pennsylvania for her title Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe (Oxford University Press, 2020)

In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s virtual conference judge Archie Dick commented:

Professor Peiss’ book uncovers World War II and post-war collection missions in Europe that analysed books and documents for open-source and military intelligence gathering, as well as for preservation and restitution purposes. Sparked by an interest in the wartime activities of her librarian-uncle, she explains in an engaging style how and why information-intensive institutions, governments, and intelligence agencies collaborated. An initial assessment and collection mission escalated into mass and aggressively competitive acquisition projects in the period of post-war occupation. American research libraries vied to expand their international holdings, and innovative information science techniques found new applications in government, telecommunications, and higher education. Among the legacies of these collecting missions are difficult discussions about book collecting, book burning, and restitution. Their very nature had made books and documents terrains of battle during and after the war. Another information hunt, this time with a view to restoration and reconstruction, signifies the unfinished histories of books and ideas in times of international conflict.

Professor Kathy Peiss receives $1,000 as winner of the SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize.

A commendation was also made to Robert Goree, Assistant Professor of Japanese at Wellesley College, for Printing Landmarks: Popular Geography and Meisho Zue in Late Tokugawa Japan (Harvard Asia Center, 2020)