How to Protect Your Library With Medieval Book Curses: Today in Critical Linking

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Given the extreme effort that went into creating books, scribes and book owners had a real incentive to protect their work. They used the only power they had: words. At the beginning or the end of books, scribes and book owners would write dramatic curses threatening thieves with pain and suffering if they were to steal or damage these treasures.

Maybe a nice little hex would encourage people to return the books I’ve lent them.


One in five British people cannot name a single author of literature, a survey has revealed, as writers warn there is a section of society that is “shut off” from the benefits of reading.

And dead authors would have counted, so couldn’t even think of or perhaps actually hadn’t heard of Shakespeare.


Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen’s political satire You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump, a parody of a presidential memoir, has been acquired by Scott Moyers at Penguin Press

Between 1984 selling out across the country and a mini-boom of Trump-related titles, it seems so far that 45 has been a driver of sales for publishing.

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