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Tagsenglish history (981), shakespeare (850), biography (780), baseball (687), medieval history (677), baseball history (537), english history (medieval) (531), plays (513), renaissance english drama (506), theatre history (441) — see all tags


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About meI live in Chicago, where I make my living as a mutual fund analyst and in my spare time pursue research in Shakespeare, Elizabethan theater history, and the history and economics of London in the medieval and early modern periods.

About my libraryThe bulk of my library (probably 80% or more) was purchased in the last 10 years, before which I had very little money for books and mostly relied on libraries for my research. I still have access to the University of Chicago library, where I worked for five years, but I can't get there very often, so I've built up a library for my day-to-day research needs while also indulging my other interests. These include (but are not limited to) politics, the U.S. Supreme Court, baseball, and popular music/jazz from the first half of the 20th century (and the tail end of the 19th). My book collection would probably be larger if I didn't also collect advertising ephemera from the late 19th and early 20th century -- mostly trade cards and tobacco cards, of which I have several thousand each.

GroupsBaseball, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Chicagoans, Elizabethan England, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, It's a LondonThing, Medieval Europe, SABR Members, The Globe: Shakespeare, his Contemporaries, and Context

Favorite authorsGeorge Ade, Isaac Asimov, Frank Barlow, Robert Bartlett, G. E. Bentley, Herbert Berry, E. K. Chambers, David Crouch, John Donne, Christopher Dyer, Bart D. Ehrman, Martin Gardner, John Gillingham, Milt Gross, Thomas Heywood, Bill James, Ben Jonson, Daniil Charms, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Nashe, Michael Prestwich, Samuel Schoenbaum, John Schofield, William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Tiffany Stern, Stanley Wells (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, Any Amount of Books, Blackwell Charing Cross Road, Bookman's Corner, Bookworks, Borders - Chicago - State Street, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers, Powell's - Hyde Park, Ravenswood Used Books, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Skoob Books, The Book Cellar, Waterstones London (Piccadilly), Women & Children First

Favorite librariesFolger Shakespeare Library, Guildhall Library, Newberry Library, University of Chicago - Joseph Regenstein Library

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Real nameDavid Kathman

LocationChicago, IL

Account typepublic

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Member sinceAug 8, 2008

Currently readingChicagonomics: The Evolution of Chicago Free Market Economics by Lanny Ebenstein
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello

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