many books does it take to win the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for
undergraduate book collecting? Depends on the collection. Co-first
prize winner Rachel Anne Dion, AB'02 (who also won the Magazine's
essay contest, page 34), has 57 volumes in her Ancient Egypt collection.
Co-first prize winner Aniko Szatmari, AB'02, has 180 books about
the development of Sufism in Iran and central Asia. Jessie B.
Ferguson, AB'02, received an honorable mention for her 90-volume
collection of modern central European literature in translation.
And second-year division winner Zachary Martin has 18 works of
first-person masculine American travel literature.
how long does it take to compile Brooker prize-worthy books?
Ferguson notes she searched for Malina for months-becoming
hooked on the Ingeborg Bachmann novel after reading half a page
at a Madison, Wisconsin, library-and finally got the out-of-print
text from a friend in Massachusetts.
his part, Martin refuses to quantify his search time. "I
search for certain titles," he admits, "but I inevitably
find things I didn't know I was looking for. In that way, the
story of my collection is itself a story of travel."
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