The Oxford Companion to the Book

A weighty (both literally and figuratively) compendium surveying the influence of the book from antiquity to today. The first volume collects forty scholarly essays that are international in scope, while the second offers an A-to-Z of 5,000 entries covering every aspect of book history.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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