Book Launch! Book Madness by Denise Gigante | 10/19/22 @ 5:30pm

Book Launch! Celebrating the publication of:

Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America

(Yale University Press, 2022)


by Denise Gigante

Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities

Department of English, Stanford University


Featured speakers:

Gavin Jones, Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities

Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus

John Windle, Antiquarian Bookseller, San Francisco


Book signing to follow. Learn more about Book Madness by viewing this video.


The event will also be livestreamed. You are encouraged to register for the event in advance.

The fascinating history of American bookishness as told through the sale of Charles Lamb’s library in 1848

Charles Lamb’s library—a heap of sixty scruffy old books singed with smoke, soaked with gin, sprinkled with crumbs, stripped of illustrations, and bescribbled by the essayist and his literary friends—caused a sensation when it was sold in New York in 1848. The transatlantic book world watched as the relics of a man revered as the patron saint of book collectors were dispersed. Following those books through the stories of the bibliophiles who shaped intellectual life in America—booksellers, publishers, journalists, editors, bibliographers, librarians, actors, antiquarians, philanthropists, politicians, poets, clergymen—Denise Gigante brings to life a lost world of letters at a time when Americans were busy assembling the country’s major public, university, and society libraries. A human tale of loss, obsession, and spiritual survival, this book reveals the magical power books can have to bring people together and will be an absorbing read for anyone interested in what makes a book special.