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Literary Annuals and Gift Books

Alan E. James


Shortly after the appearance in 1936 of American Literary Annuals & Gift Books 1825-1865 by Dr. Ralph Thompson, a former instructor of English at Rutgers, Mr. Alan E. James, of the class of 1928 and now on the staff of the Library, compared the holdings of literary annuals and gift books in the Rutgers Library with the titles given in Dr. Thompson s extensive bibliography. Mr. James found that Rutgers owned, in addition to about a third of the total number of books, some forty-six new titles or variants which were unknown to Dr. Thompson or to any other bibliographer of these curious and often rare publications. The following list will give students of American literature further materials for enlarging our knowledge of literary America a century ago. 

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