Perspectives on American Book History:
Artifacts and Commentary
Event Date: October 21, 2002
A symposium marking the publication of Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress,
the American Antiquarian Society and the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies was held at the Library of Congress on October 21, 2002.
The program featured the volume's three editors and several of its contributors.
Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary, a 461 page collection of primary source materials and original essays accompanied by a CD-ROM has been
published by the University of Massachusetts Press in association with the Center for the Book and the American Antiquarian Society.
The book's chapters trace topics in American print culture from Puritan New England to the future of newspapers in a digital age. The artifacts and document, most of which have
never before appeared in an anthology, include excerpts from readers' diaries, accounts of the printing and publishing trades, materials from the alternative press, commentaries on
authorship and reading and visual images. The essays place these primary source materials in their historical, literary and political contexts and model the ways that students might approach them.
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