Biography

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Curriculum Vitae 

I teach the novel, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and occasionally French culture, gender, and book history.

My books include How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton UP, 2012) and The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel (Cambridge UP, 2000).  I also edited Unpacking my Library: Writers and their Books (Yale UP, 2011); Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture (with Pamela Thurschwell); and (with Seth Lerer) a special issue of PMLA on The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature. 

I write on media old and new for the New York Times, London Review of BooksTimes Literary SupplementSan Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and Public Books (where I am also a contributing editor).

Forthcoming: People of the Book: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Reading Wars (Basic Books, 2018).  I am curious about what, where, when, and how you read (sitting or standing? in public or private? on paper or plastic? by purchase or loan or hand-me-down or gift?), with whom, & why.