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CollectionsYour library (514), Currently reading (2), Favorites (24), All collections (514)


Tagspoetry (158), fiction (119), c20 (75), anthologies (42), renaissance (39), c19 (33), classics (30), criticism (29), historical (28), reference (26) — see all tags

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About meAcademic librarian and opera-loving English literature geek.

About my libraryI've cataloged most of my collection by now. Many of my books (especially the ones tagged "renaissance" and "literary theory") were acquired while I was a grad student in English, but since then I've been snapping up a lot of fiction. Books I've tagged "family" originally belonged to various family members. I'm perpetually short of bookshelves and constitutionally incapable of resisting Friends of the Library sales and secondhand bookstores.

"He had all the predisposition to take interest in an old library, and there was every opportunity for him here to make systematic acquaintance with one ... The drawing up of a catalogue raisonné would be a delicious occupation for winter." -- M. R. James, "Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance," in Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories, ed. Michael Cox (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987).

GroupsBook History / Histoire du Livre, Edward Gorey, Everything and Nothing, Ghost Stories, Past and Present, HMS Surprise, Legacy Libraries, Lesbian Bookworms, Librarians who LibraryThing, Opera, or Nobody Knows the Traubel I've Seen, Robertson Daviesshow all groups

Favorite authorsJoan Aiken, John Ashbery, W. H. Auden, Alison Bechdel, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges, Anne Carson, Catullus, Robertson Davies, Stuart Dybek, Edward Gorey, George Herbert, M. R. James, John Keats, James Merrill, Patrick O'Brian, Frank O'Hara, William Shakespeare, Sir Philip Sidney, Wallace Stevens, Cole Swensen, Sarah Waters, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBookhaven, Dawn Treader Book Shop, Giovanni's Room, Joseph Fox Bookshop, Penn Book Center, Robin's Book Store Inc--closed 2012 :(, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Shaman Drum, Strand Bookstore, Symposium Books, The Book Barn, The Book Barn Downtown

Favorite librariesBrown University - John Hay Library, Swarthmore College Library, The Rosenbach Museum & Library


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Real nameAmanda Watson

LocationNew York, NY

Account typepublic

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Member sinceSep 12, 2005

Currently readingDracula : authoritative text, contexts, reviews and reactions, dramatic and film variations, criticism by Bram Stoker
The intellectual life of the British working classes by Jonathan Rose

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