Nicholas A. Basbanes
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Nicholas A. Basbanes

I've written ten books, the most recent titled "Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow," which was published in June 2020, and has since been named a Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement (TLS). In 2016, I was named a Public Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of work on this book. My previous work, "On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History" was one of three finalists for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction awarded by the American Library Association and the Carnegie Corporation; and also the recipient of an NEH grant. My first book, "A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books," was a finalist in 1995 for the National Book Critics Circle Award. I lecture widely on a variety of subjects, and write the Gently Mad column for Fine Books and Collections Magazine. My articles, OpEds, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Humanities, Smithsonian, and Civilization, among other publications. I am a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, and went to Bates College, where I majored in English. From 1968 to 1971, I served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier Oriskany, and made two combat cruises to Vietnam. I got my master's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University. My wife and I have two adult daughters, and live in Central Massachusetts.
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