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Navigating New-to-You Rare Book & Special Collection Libraries: A Working List of Questions to Ask

31 March 2019

Early modern play quartos with fresh call slips in the reading room at the Harry Ransom Center (UT-Austin). I have spent a good...

"Depth of Field: New Dimensions in the Study of Early Modern Books" #mla19

1 June 2018

The deep bite of type on the recto of the title page of The Trial of Chivalry (1605), STC 24935a, Folger Shakespeare Library. ...

Making Q1 Phylaster: Quartos in the Classroom (Redux)

16 October 2016

Detail of Phylaster (1620), Malone 783, Bodleian Library Last year, I started reserving a day in each of my Shakespeare courses for students to "make" quartos. I wrote...

The last scene of all, / That ends

6 July 2016

Last weekend, quite literally half a world away, my grandmother died. She had survived a long illness many years ago—had come back stronger. But this was not that. This was her...