Categories for Literature


The Radical Roots of Gulliver’s Travels

Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast. Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveller; he Served human liberty. –W.B. Yeats, The Winding Stair Read More

Literature, Moderns, Videos

The Story Behind A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon explores the creation of this famous dystopian novel.   Read More

History, Literature

Collecting rare books and autographs of American Presidents

If you love American history, you may find a particular joy in collecting rare books related to the nation’s presidents. For many, the presidency holds an exceptional fascination as a… Read More

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus

A stormy evening closes in on a villa not far from Lake Geneva. The group of friends gathered there read ghost stories to pass the time. Inspired by these tales… Read More

19th Century, Literature, Videos

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Sherlock Holmes

Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark discussing the ups and downs Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endured while living with his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes. Read More


We Read Banned Books

We all know that books burn—yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can… Read More

Literature, Rare Books 101, Videos

Book Talk with University of Iowa Special Collections

The University of Iowa Special Collections has produced four more wonderful videos from their visit to Bauman Rare Books in Las Vegas. The video featured above gives a deliciously close… Read More

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In January of 1851, a 40 year old homemaker and mother of six received $300 from a Washington D.C. newspaper to write a short antislavery narrative. Staying up nights after… Read More


5 Shakespeare Editions We Love

It may seem strange that the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works did not appear until seven years after his death, and that 17 of the 36 plays had never… Read More


Inspired by the Greats

That great poets imitate and improve, whereas small ones steal and spoil. When W. H. Davenport Adams wrote positively about the poet Tennyson in his article “Imitators and Plagiarists” in… Read More