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New from Library’s Crime Classics: “The Conjure-Man Dies”

Posted by: Neely Tucker

The Library’s acclaimed Crime Classic series is launching a new edition of “The Conjure-Man Dies” this month, a staple of the Harlem Renaissance and the most important work of long-overlooked novelist Rudolph Fisher. First published in 1932, the book was the first full-length mystery novel to feature an all-Black cast of characters, including detectives, suspects and victims.

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China’s Colossal Encyclopedia

Posted by: Neely Tucker

China's colossal Yongle encyclopedia, published in the 15th century, comprised 22,937 hand-copied sections bound into 11,095 volumes. It was intended to comprise all knowledge available to Chinese civilizations.

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The Aramont Library: Stunning Private Collection Now at Library of Congress

Posted by: Neely Tucker

The Library has acquired the Aramont Library, a stunning collection of more than 1,700 literary first editions, illustrated books, and an astonishing number livres artiste (books by artists) by some of the most important artists of the 20th century. The Library has been in private hands for more than 40 years and has never been seen before by the public.

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Dolly Parton: “The Library That Dolly Built”

Posted by: Neely Tucker

Dolly Parton’s documentary about her world-class book giveaway program for young children debuted on Facebook this week, highlighting her Imagination Library’s 25-year history and its ties to the Library. “The Library that Dolly Built” chronicles how Parton, the child of impoverished parents (her father was illiterate) in rural Tennessee, built an international program that has …

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That Magical, Mystical Book On Witchcraft from 1584

Posted by: Neely Tucker

  We first ran this piece last year at Halloween. It proved so popular year-round that we reprint it this Halloween season. It was co-researched and co-written by digital library specialist Elizabeth Gettins, who also had the brilliant idea for the piece. An ancient tome delving into the dark arts of witchcraft and magic…a book …