Disappearing Ink

Author: Travis McDade
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 9781626818965
Release Date: 2015-09-08
Genre: True Crime

Like many aspiring writers, David Breithaupt had money problems. But what he also had was unsupervised access to one of the finest special collections libraries in the country. In October 1990 Kenyon College hired David Breithaupt as its library’s part-time evening supervisor. In April 2000 he was fired after a Georgia librarian discovered him selling a letter by Flannery O’Connor on eBay, but that was only the tip of the iceberg: for the past ten years, Breithaupt had been browsing the collection, taking from it whatever rare books, manuscripts, and documents caught his eye—Flannery O'Connor letters, W.H. Auden annotated typescripts, a Thomas Pynchon manuscript, and much, much more. It was a large-scale, long-term pillaging of Kenyon College’s most precious works. After he was caught, the American justice system looked like it was about to disappoint the college the way it had countless rare book crime victims before—but Kenyon refused to let this happen.

Torn from Their Bindings

Author: Travis McDade
ISBN: 0700626360
Release Date: 2018-05-25
Genre: History

In 1980, an antique print dealer was going broke from competition and lack of supply. Then he discovered all the high-quality antique prints he could ever want--for free--on the shelves of American university libraries. Torn from Their Bindings tells the story of Robert Kindred's brazen theft of irreplaceable antique illustrations and maps from academic libraries across the country--a crime spree that left the irredeemable wreck of countless rare books in its wake. Travis McDade's account of Kindred's pillaging and the paper trail that led to his capture unfolds with the drama of a true crime page-turner--whose pages are replete with the particulars of archival treasures, library science, print preservation, and the history bound up in the cultural heritage plundered by Kindred. Along the way we observe the nature and methods of the book thief, defacer of priceless volumes and purveyor of purloined pages, and acquire a wealth of knowledge about the antique prints he favored. Told by an author devoted to the preservation of books, the story is propelled by an informed curiosity and just outrage from its suspenseful opening to its ironic conclusion--the ultimate fate of Kindred's spoils.

Author: Ανδρέας Καρκαβίτσας
Publisher: Pelekanos Books
ISBN: 9789604008049
Release Date: 2015-01-30
Genre: Fiction

Το πεζογράφημα του Ανδρέα Καρκαβίτσα ο Αρχαιολόγος είναι ένα έργο με αλληγορικό χαρακτήρα. Οι ιδιαίτερες απόψεις του συγγραφέα, όπως εκφράζονται μέσα από τους ήρωες του έργου, δημιούργησαν ωστόσο αντιδράσεις, το έργο κατηγορήθηκε ως ανθελληνικό και αποσύρθηκε από την κυκλοφορία. Υπόθεση του έργου ο παράλληλος βίος δύο σύγχρονων Ελλήνων. Ο ένας διαπνέεται από τα μεγάλα ιδανικά της φυλής και από το προγονικό μεγαλείο, ο δεύτερος, περισσότερο πραγματιστής, βασίζει τη ζωή του στις σύγχρονες συνθήκες και πρακτικές διαβίωσης…