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A sampling of books based on research in the collections


A sampling of books based on research in the collections


In Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017), David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University and a 2006–7 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at The Huntington, traces the least understood and most intractable form of organized human aggressions from ancient Rome through the centuries to the present day. By touching on certain signal instances in Western thought—the poetry of Lucan, the political theory of Thomas Hobbes, the so-called Lieber Code produced during the U.S. Civil War—Armitage provides perspective on the roots and dynamics of civil war and its shaping force in our conflict-ridden world.


Love’s Wounds: Violence and the Politics of Poetry in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2017) takes an in-depth look at the widespread language of violence and abjection in early modern European love poetry. Cynthia Nazarian, assistant professor of French at Northwestern University and a 2012–13 Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow at The Huntington, argues that poets exaggerated the posture of the downtrodden lover, adapting the rhetoric of powerless desire to forge a new “countersovereignty.” She tracks the development of the countersovereign voice from Francesco Petrarca to Maurice Scève, Joachim du Bellay, Théodore-Agrippa d’Aubigné, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare.


From the mid-18th century, British collectors began to customize published books with prints and drawings in a process known as extra-illustration. In Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture, and Society in Britain 1769–1840 (Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2017), Lucy Peltz, senior curator of 18th-century portraits and head of collection displays at the National Portrait Gallery, London, provides the first concerted study of the subject. The volume features dozens of reproductions from The Huntington’s extensive collection of extra-illustrated books.


A sampling of books based on research in the collections


Edited by Jay Williams, former senior managing editor of Critical Inquiry, The Oxford Handbook of Jack London (Oxford University Press, 2017) features essays in London studies by authors whose expertise in American literature has led them to consider London in a fresh way—not merely as a naturalist writer, but as a modernist writing in what he himself termed “The Machine Age.” The volume emphasizes the author’s biography, the publishing industry, and the cultural contexts of London’s politics.


Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) is one of the 20th century’s great prose stylists and the author of a suite of devastating satires on modern English life. Evelyn Waugh’s Satire: Texts and Contexts (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), by Naomi Milthorpe, lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania, renews scholarly debates central to Waugh’s work: the forms of his satire, his attitudes toward modernity and modernism, and his place in the literary culture of the interwar period.


In 2013, the Getty Foundation launched Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. As part of that project, William Deverell, professor of history at the University of Southern California, and Greg Hise, professor of history at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, worked with Huntington curators to put together Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940–1990, an online exhibition (available at, featuring hundreds of photographs of greater Los Angeles drawn from The Huntington’s Southern California Edison archive. The book of the same title, published by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West in 2017, is the physical manifestation of the online exhibition.



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