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Sarah Brouillette is a doctoral candidate in English and Book History at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation research involves the contemporary marketplace for literature and literary celebrity.

Matt Cohen is a doctoral student in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. His dissertation is a study of the bachelor in writing and art of the nineteenth-century United States. He has worked as an assistant editor for the Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive (http://, and has published in Prospects and the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. He will begin as Assistant Professor of English at Duke University this fall.

Marija Dalbello is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. Her research interests and publications focus on the almanac genre, narrative, memory and identity, the role of written culture in shaping national identity, and digital libraries.

Robert Darnton is Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University. His latest work in the history of books, a study of author-publisher relations, is an electronic book, J.-P. Brissot, His Career and Correspondence, 1779-1787, published early in 2001 by the Voltaire Foundation. [End Page 294]

Simon Eliot is Professor of Publishing and Printing History at the University of Reading and Director of its Centre for Writing, Publishing and Printing History. He is also Associate Director of the Research Centre in the History of the Book, based in the University of London. He was president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing between 1997 and 2001. He is editor of the journal Publishing History, general editor of History of the Book—On Demand Series (HOBODS), and Director of the Reading Experience Database. He is co-editor (with David McKitterick) of the volume covering 1830-1914 in Cambridge University Press's History of the Book in Britain. He is also an associate editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography and editor of the Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series on British Publishers. His publications include a comprehensive microfilm edition of the Publishers' Circular, 1837-1900 (1988), Some Patterns and Trends in British Publishing, 1800-1919 (1994), A Handbook to Literary Research (1998), and a forthcoming book on Sir Walter Besant and the professionalization of authorship.

M. O. Grenby explores the contexts of reading in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His current work on the cultural history of children's reading follows on from research into the politicization of fiction during the 1790s and 1800s, published as The Anti-Jacobin Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He is currently the Hockliffe Research Fellow in the English Department of De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, and was previously the Fulbright Visiting Professor of British History at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.

Wendy Griswold is Professor of Sociology and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers, and the Novel in Nigeria (Princeton University Press, 2000); Cultures and Societies in a Changing World (Pine Forge Press, 1994); and Renaissance Revivals: City Comedy and Revenge Tragedy in the London Theatre, 1576–1980 (University of Chicago Press, 1986). She is currently writing two books: Regionalism and the Reading Class, which compares literary regionalism in Italy, Nigeria, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States; and a study of the WPA Federal Writers' Project American Guide Series and its influence on regional literary development.

Paul C. Gutjahr is an Associate Professor of English, American Studies, and Religious Studies at Indiana University. He is author of An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880 [End Page 295] (Stanford University Press, 1999), the co-editor of Illuminating Letters: Essays on Typography and Literary Interpretation (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), and the editor of an anthology, Popular American Literature of the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Jyrki Hakapää is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Helsinki. He specializes in book distribution in nineteenth-century Europe and the distribution and reception of international and national cultures. Currently he works as a researcher with the Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies (University of Helsinki) on...


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