This week on the bookish type

  • Jonathan Taylor shares details about one of the world’s oldest libraries, belonging to King Ashurbanipal, currently on display at the British Museum. (British Museum Blog)
  • Paul Alexander shares the remarkable story of how 14 letters from Sylvia Plath to her psychiatrist, perhaps the only remaining documents from the years before her death, came to be included in a recently published volume of Plath’s letters. (LitHub)
  • Julie Sedivy wrote a fascinating essay about what it might mean that centuries old (medieval and ancient) literature does not contain complex emotional language, the effects of reading more subtle literature on our ability to understand emotions, and psychological research about what happens in readers’ brains. (Nautilus)
  • Parul Seghal explores the meanings of ghosts in American literature, past and mostly present.  (New York Times)

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