The Lilly Library from A to Z

Intriguing Objects in a World-Class Collection

by Darlene J. Sadlier

Published by: Indiana University Press

248 pages, 11.00 x 11.00 in, 100 color illus.

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780253042668
  • Published: August 2019

$35.00

  • eBook
  • ISBN: 9780253042699
  • Published: August 2019

$18.99

What do locks of Edgar Allan Poe's hair, Sylvia Plath's attractive handmade paper dolls, John Ford's Oscars, and Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 cigars have in common? They are just a few of the fascinating objects found in the world-famous Lilly Library, located on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. In this beautifully illustrated A-to-Z volume, Darlene J. Sadlier journeys through the library's wide-ranging collections to highlight dozens of intriguing items and the archives of which they are a part. Read about life and death masks of John Keats, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Dreiser; Walt Whitman's last pencil; and vintage board games, mechanical puzzles, and even comic books. Among the more peculiar items are a pair of elk teeth and an eerily realistic wall-mount bust of Boris Karloff. Sadlier writes engagingly about the Lilly Library's major historical collections, which include Civil War diaries and a panopticon of the war called the Myriopticon; War of 1812 payment receipts to spies; and the World War II letters and V-mail of journalist Ernie Pyle. This copiously illustrated, entertaining, and educational book will inspire you to take your own journey and discover for yourself the wonders of the Lilly Library.