Introductions suited for summer reading

Getting Started

Baker, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

Dubbed "The Jungle of the American library system," this is a *bit* of a period piece already (archival practices have changed significantly), but an engaging introduction to some of the very real challenges facing archivists.

Manguel, A History of Reading

At once personal and sweeping across millennia, a delightful meditation on the history of reading. 

Spacks, Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction
My go-to introduction for the "threads" of novel development.  A good place for new students to get a useful lay of the land in one go.

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