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The Center for the Book was established by law in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries and to encourage the study of the role of books and print culture in society. Past and current publications sponsored by the Center for the Book are supported by tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.


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For information about the publications without a code, contact the Center for the Book by e-mail at: cfbook@loc.gov, or write: The Center for the Book, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave.,SE, Washington, DC 20540-4920.

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A - C

The Adventures of Cap'n O.G. Readmore,
by Fran Manushkin. Scholastic, Inc. 1984.

Amassing American "Stuff": The Library of Congress and the Federal Arts Projects of the 1930s,
by John Y. Cole. 1983. 34 p. (Reprinted from the Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, Fall, 1983).

American Culture and the Marketplace: R. R. Donnelley's Four American Books Campaign, 1926-1930
by Claire Badaracco. 1992. 67 p. $15.

Ancient Libraries and the Ordering of the Biblical Books,
by Nahum M. Sarna. 1989. 22 p. Viewpoint No. 25. $5.

The Audience for Children's Books.
1980. 29 p. Viewpoint No. 2. $5. Includes remarks by Elaine Moss and Barbara Rollock, Cecily Ann Truett, Ann Durell, and Ethel L. Heins.

Biography & Books,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1986. 76 p. $5.95. Includes essays by Samuel S. Vaughan, Edmund Morris, James Thomas Flexner, and David McCullough.

The Book,
by Barbara W. Tuchman. 1980. 29 p. Viewpoint No. 1. Reprinted 1988. $3.95.

Book Collecting: Personal Rewards and Public Benefits,
by William P. Barlow, Jr. 1984. 22 p. Viewpoint No. 11. Reprinted 1988. $5.

Book Collectors of Stanford,
by John Y. Cole. 1991. 79 p. 18 illus. $15. California State Library Foundation, P.O. Box 942837, Sacramento, Calif. 94237-0001.

The Book Enchained,
by Harrison E. Salisbury. 1984. 9 p. Viewpoint No. 10. $5.

The Book in the Islamic World: The Written Word and Communication in the Middle East,
edited by George Atiyeh. 1995. 305 p. Consists of papers presented at a symposium (November 8-9, 1989) sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Near East Section, African/Middle Eastern Division. For information on availability, write the State University Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246 or call SUNY Press at 607-277-2211.

Books and the Founding Fathers,
by George H. Nash. 1989. 23 p. Viewpoint No. 23. $3.95.

Books and the World,
by James H. Billington. 1988. 12 p. Viewpoint No. 22. $3.95.

Books Change Lives: 1993-1994 Reading Promotion Campaign,
compiled by Michael Thompson and edited by John Y. Cole. 1996. 75 p.

Books in Action: The Armed Services Editions,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1984. 78 p. illus. Includes a complete list of the Armed Services Editions.

Books in My Life,
by Robert B. Downs. 1985. 19 p. Viewpoint No. 14. $5.

Books in Our Future: A Report from the Librarian of Congress to the Congress,
1984. 49 p. Senate Print 98-231.

Books in Our Future: Perspectives and Proposals,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1987. 388 p. Includes reports and essays on Reading and Learning; Reading and Society; Technology and the Future of the Book; Publishing Librarianship; and Books, Present and Future. Authors include Jacques Barzun, Daniel J. Boorstin, Morris Philipson, and F. Wilfred Lancaster.

Books, Libraries, Reading, and Publishing in the Cold War,
edited by Hermina G.B. Anghelescu and Martine Poulain. 2001. 298 p. $25. Contains 20 scholarly papers presented by library historians at an international conference in Paris, June 11-12, 1998. Available from Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720 (Click here to order online from Oak Knoll.)
Library of Congress press release 02-052

Books On the Frontier; Print Culture in the American West 1763-1875 by Richard W. Clement. 2003. 139 p.
Foreword by John Y. Cole. $29.95.
Library of Congress press release 03-163

Books That Made the Difference: What People Told Us,
by Gordon and Patricia Sabine. 1983. 176 p. $15 (paper). The Shoe String Press, Hamden, Conn. 06514.

The Bookseller's Art: Carl Kroch and Kroch's & Brentano's,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1988. 89 p. $10. Includes essays by Irving Stone and Samuel Vaughan.

Born to Trouble: One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn,
by Justin Kaplan. 1985. 23 p. Viewpoint No. 13. Reprinted 1988. $5.

Capital Libraries and Librarians: A Brief History of the District of Columbia Library Association 1894-1994,
by John Y. Cole. 1994. 76p. $15.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress,
by John Y. Cole. 1979. 18 p. (Reprinted from the Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, Spring 1979)

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress; the Planning Year,
by John Y. Cole. 1978. 34 p.

The Circle of Knowledge: An Exhibition in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.
1979. 47 p.

Collectors & Special Collections:Three Talks
A booklet of presentations at the first Library of Congress Rare Book Forum (April 4, 2001) and sponsored by the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Center for the Book. 2002. 56 p. Available for $10 from Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720; telephone (302) 328-7232; toll-free (800) 996-2556. (ISBN 1-0844410166. Oak Knoll order no. 71687).
Click here to order online from Oak Knoll
Library of Congress press release

The Community of the Book: A Directory of Organizations and Programs,
compiled by Maurvene D. Williams. 3rd Edition. Edited and with an introduction by John Y. Cole. 1993. 149 p. (Information from this book now updated at: http://www.loc.gov/cfbook/cob4.html)

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D - K

Dare to be Creative!,
by Madeleine L'Engle. 1984. 30 p.

The Delights of Reading: Quotes, Notes, & Anecdotes,
by Otto L. Bettmann. 1987. 140 p. Paperback edition. $12.95. illus. David R. Godine Publisher, Inc., 300 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Mass. 02115.

A Description of Descriptive Bibliography,
by G. Thomas Tanselle. 1992. 37 p. Viewpoint No. 30. $5.

Developing Lifetime Readers: A Report on the 1991 "Year of the Lifetime Reader" Promotion of the Library of Congress, compiled by Michael Thompson. 1993. 44 p.

Donated Books Programs: A Dialogue of Partners Handbook.
1993. 104 p. $6.95

The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald,
edited by Sandra Hindman. 1982. 260 p. 183 illus. Includes essays on Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Books (Diane G. Scillia, James Snyder, Barbara G. Lane, Keith P.F. Moxey); Landscape and the Early Illustrated Book (Charles Talbot, Karen S. Pearson, J.H. Parry, James Cahill); and The Illustration of Vergil in Printed Books (Eleanor Winsor Leach, Ruth Mortimer,Elfriede Abbe).

Earth, Stars, and Writers.
Lectures by Philip Levine, Orlando Patterson, and Norman Rush. 1992. 37 p. The National Book Week Lectures. $5.

The 1812 Catalogue of the Library of Congress: A Facsimile.
Introduction by Robert A. Rutland. 1982. 141 p. $20.

Even Anchors Need Lifelines,
by Gail Spangenberg. 1996. 2 v. Volume one is the 144-page study of the role and future of public libraries in adult literacy. The 319 pages of volume two contain background data.

Fanfare for Words: Bookfairs and Book Festivals in North America,
by Bernadine Clark. 1991. 108 p. (Much of the information from this publication is updated under Book Fairs, Storytelling Festivals and Other Literary Events at: http://www.loc.gov/cfbook/bookfair.html )

Federal Copyright Records 1790-1800,
compiled by Elizabeth Carter Wills. Edited and with an introduction by James Gilreath. 1987. 166 p. $13. (Stock No. 030-000-00184-2)

Fine Printing: The Los Angeles Tradition,
by Ward Ritchie. 1987. 65 p. $10. 23 illus.

Fine Printing: The San Francisco Tradition,
by James D. Hart. 1985. 56 p. Reprinted 1987. $10. 25 illus.

For Congress and the Nation: A Chronological History of the Library of Congress,
by John Y. Cole. 1979. 196 p.

For the Love of Libraries; A Book of Postcards.
Photographs and anecdotes by Diane Asséo Griliches. Introduction by John Y. Cole. 1998. 30 postcards. $9.95. Pomegranate, Box 6099. Rohnert Park, CA 94927

Full Circle: Ninety Years of Service in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress,
by Josephus Nelson and Judith Farley. 1991. 64 p. $6.

The Future of Humanistic Scholarship,
by Bernhard Fabian. With comments by Michael T. Ryan and Thomas F. Staley. 1990. 38 p. Viewpoint No. 26. $3.95.

Getting the Books Out: Papers of the Chicago Conference on the Book in 19th Century America,
edited by Michael Hackenberg. 1987. 197 p. Includes essays by Terry Belanger, James N. Green, Michael Hackenberg, Robert D. Harlan, Michael H. Harris, Bruce L. Johnson, Alice D. Schreyer, Madeleine B. Stern, and Michael Winship.

Gresham's Law, Knowledge or Information?,
by Daniel J. Boorstin. 1980. 6 p. Viewpoint No. 3. Reprinted 1986. $5.

A Handbook for the Study of Book History in the United States,
by Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray. 2000. 155p. $15. Available from Oak Knoll Press (http://www.oakknoll.com/pressrel/handbook.html) and the Library of Congress Sales Shop. (http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2000/00-108.html)

The Historical Novel: A Celebration of the Achievements of Herman Wouk,
edited by Barbara A. Paulson. 1999. 118 p. $9.95.
(http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/1999/99-176.html )

The History of Books: A Guide to Selected Resources in the Library of Congress,
by Alice D. Schreyer. 1987. 221 p. $15. (Stock No. 030-001-00117-2)

The History of Books and Libraries: Two Views,
by John P. Feather and David McKitterick. 1986. 34 p. Viewpoint No. 16. Reprinted 1989. $5.

In Celebration: The National Union Catalog, Pre-1956 Imprints,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1981. 49 p.Includes essays by Bernard Rosenthal, Nicolas Barker, and William B. Todd. $5.

In Search of a Voice.
Lectures by Charles Johnson and Ron Chernow. 1991. 36 p. The National Book Week Lectures. $5.

The Indivisible World: Libraries and the Myth of Cultural Exchange,
by Daniel J. Boorstin. 1985. 14 p. Viewpoint No. 15. $5.

The International Flow of Information: A Trans-Pacific Perspective,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1981. 47 p. Viewpoint No. 7. $5.

International Library Horizons,
by Robert Vosper. 1989. 25 p. Viewpoint No. 24. $5.

Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress by John Y. Cole. 1993. 103 p. $9.50.

The Knowledge Institutions in the Information Age: the Special Case of the Public Library,
by R. Kathleen Molz. 1988. 23 p. Viewpoint No. 21. $5.

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Language of the Land: The Library of Congress Book of Literary Maps,
by Martha Hopkins and Michael Buscher. 1999 304p. $50.

Libraries and Scholarly Communication in the United States: The Historical Dimension,
edited by Phyllis Dain and John Y. Cole. 1989. 148 p. $37.95. Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, Conn. 06881. Includes essays by Paul N. Banks, John Y. Cole, Phyllis Dain, Neil Harris, Mary Niles Maack, and Wayne A. Wiegand.

Library: The Drama Within,
by Diane Asséo Griliches. 1966. 144p. $35. The University of New Mexico Press, 1720 Lomas Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1591.

Library Head Start Partnership.
A 40-minute VHS video and a printed guide developed by the Center for the Book and the Head Start Bureau in collaboration with the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC). 1993. $25.

A Library Head Start to Literacy: The Resource Notebook for the Library-Museum-Head Start Partnership,
by Virginia Mathews and Susan Roman. 1999. 295p. $6.50.
(http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/1999/99-107.html )

Library History Research in America: Essays Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Library History Roundtable,
edited by Andrew B. Wertheimer and Donald G. Davis, Jr. 2000. 279 p. $35. Reprint of Libraries & Culture, 35:1, Winter 2000. Published by special arrangement with the University of Texas Press.

The Library of Congress: A Documentary History,
edited by John Y. Cole. 499 microfiche accompanied by a printed guide to the microfiche collection. 1987. $1,365. University Publications of America, 44 Market St., Frederick, Md. 21701.

Literacy in Historical Perspective,
edited by Daniel P. Resnick. 1981. 170 p. Includes essays by Michael T. Clanchy, David Cressy, Ben Eklof, Thomas W. Laqueur, John V. Ogbu, Edward Stevens, and Evelyn S. Rawski.

A Literary Book of Days; American Voices.
1990. $14.95. Phaidon Universe, 381 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016. Distributed to the trade by St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

The Mask Beneath the Face: Reading about and with; Writing about and for: Children,
by Elaine Konigsburg. 1990. 31 p. Viewpoint No. 28. $5.

The Memory of Sound: Observations on the History of Music on Paper,
by Donald W. Krummel. 1988. 23 p. Viewpoint No. 20. $3.95.

The Most Wonderful Books: Writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading,
edited by Michael Dorris and Emilie Buchwald. Milkwood Editions in association with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 1997. 297 p. $14.95.
Library of Congress press release 97-159

Multiple Meanings; The Written Word in Japan--Past, Present, and Future,
edited by J. Thomas Rimer. 1987. 111 p. 55 illus.

A Nation of Readers,
by Daniel J. Boorstin. 1982. 11 p. Viewpoint No. 8.

National Themes for Promoting Reading from the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
1987. 14 p.

New Technologies in Book Distribution: The United States Experience,
by SKP Associates. 1984. 34 p.

"Next to Mother's Milk...",
by Lawrence Clark Powell. 1987. 25 p. Viewpoint No. 17. Reprinted 1989. $5.

On the History of Libraries and Scholarship,
by Ian Willison. 1980. 25 p. Viewpoint No. 4. Reprinted 1986. $3.95.

On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Buildings of the Library of Congress,
by John Y. Cole. 1995. 106 p. $8.50.

The Open Door: When Writers First Learned to Read,
compiled by Steven Gilbar. 1989. 125 p. Paperback edition. $10.95. David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., 300 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Mass. 02115.

The Oxford English Dictionary and the State of the Language,
by Robert W. Burchfield and Hans Aarsleff. 1988. 56 p. $5.

Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary,
edited by Scott E. Casper, Joanne D. Chaison, and Jeffrey D. Groves. 2002. 461 p. University of Massachusetts Press series, Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book. Paperbound edition. $24.95. Library cloth edition. $70.00. University of Massachusetts Press. Library of Congress news release

Points at Issue: A Bookseller Looks at Bibliography,
by Anthony Rota. 1984. 22 p. Viewpoint No. 12. $5.

The Politics of Silence.
A lecture by Paul Monette. 1993. 21 p. The National Book Week Lectures. $3.95.

A Portrait of the Author as a Bibliography,
by Dan H. Laurence. 1983. 19 p. Viewpoint No. 9. $5.

The Printer & the Pardoner: An Unrecorded Indulgence Printed by William Caxton,
by Paul Needham. 1986. 101 p. $15. 18 illus.

Publishing and Readership in Revolutionary France and America,
edited by Carol Armsbruster. Forward by John Y. Cole. 1993. 215 p. $48. Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, Conn. 06881.

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The Reader-Viewer-Listener: An Essay in Communication,
by Lester Asheim. 1987. 33 p. Viewpoint No. 18. Reprinted 1988. $5.

Readers & Libraries: Toward a History of Libraries and Culture in America,
by Kenneth E. Carpenter. 1996, 39 p. Viewpoint No. 31. $5.

Reading and Successful Living--The Family-School Partnership,
edited by Lester Asheim, D. Philip Baker, and Virginia H. Mathews. 1982. 161 p. $16.50 The Shoe String Press, Hamden, Conn. 06514.

Reading for Survival,
by John D. MacDonald. 1987. Reprinted 1993. 26 p. $15.

Reading in America 1978,
edited by John Y. Cole and Carol S. Gold. 1979. 98 p.

The Republic of Letters: Librarian of Congress
Daniel J. Boorstin on Books, Reading, and Libraries, 1975-1987
edited by John Y. Cole. 1989. 128 p. $17.50.

Research Collections in the Information Age: The Library of Congress Looks to the Future,
edited by John Y. Cole. Views by Stephen E. Ostrow and Robert Zich. 1990. 18 p. Viewpoint No. 27. $3.95.

Responsibilities of the American Book Community
edited by John Y. Cole. 1981. 88 p. $8. Includes essays by George A. Brockway, Lewis A. Coser, Erwin A. Glikes, Carl A. Kroch, E. Wayne Nordberg, and John Tebbel.

The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography,
by Carol Fitzgerald. Edited by Jean Fitzgerald. 2001. 899 p. illus. $125.00. Available from Oak Knoll Press, 310 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720. Includes complete bibliographic descriptions of the nearly 400 printings of the 65 titles in the "Rivers of America" series and biographies of all of its 60 authors, 53 illustrators, and eight principal editors.

The State of the Book World 1980.
1981. 31 p. Viewpoint No. 5. $5. Includes remarks by Alfred Kazin, Dan Lacy, and Ernest L. Boyer.

Stepping Away from Tradition: Children's Books from the Twenties and Thirties,
edited by Sybille A. Jaqusch. 1988. 144 p. illus. $25. Includes essays by John Tebbel, Abe Lerner, Anne MacLeod, and Mildred Batchelder.

Television, the Book and the Classroom,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1978. 128 p. Includes remarks by Daniel J. Boorstin, Ernest L. Boyer, Mortimer J. Adler, and Frank Stanton, and an essay by John Platt.

The Textbook in American Society,
edited by John Y. Cole and Thomas G. Sticht. 1981. 68 p. $5.

Thomas Jefferson and the Education of a Citizen,
edited by James Gilreath. 1999. 383p. $40.
( http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/1999/99-083.html )

Travel and the Sense of Wonder,
by John Malcolm Brinnin. 1992. 22 p. Viewpoint No. 29. $5.

U.S. Books Abroad: Neglected Ambassadors,
by Curtis G. Benjamin. 1984. 95 p.

U.S. International Book Programs 1981,
edited by John Y. Cole. 1982. 61 p.

"Well Acquainted with Books": The Founding Framers of 1787,
by Robert A. Rutland. With James Madison's List of Books for Congress. 1987. 95 p. $5.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Descriptive Bibliography and Alexander Pope,
by David L. Vander Meulen. 1988. 29 p. Viewpoint No. 19. $5.

The World Encompassed,
by Daniel J. Boorstin. 1981. 11 p. Viewpoint No. 6. $5.

Writing in an Era of Conflict.
Lectures by Richard Rhodes and Thomas L. Friedman. 1990. 31 p. The National Book Week Lectures. $3.95.

ZYX: 26 Poetic Portraits,
by Rhodes Patterson. 1989. 60 p.

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