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In the News: Rare King signed books at Raptis in honor of MLK Day

In the News: Rare King signed books at Raptis in honor of MLK Day

By Susan Christiansen | January 17, 2022
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Rare King signed books at Raptis in honor of MLK Day   The following article was posted by the Palm Beach Daily News Published 4:02 p.m. ET Jan. 15, 2022 To honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Raptis Rare Books is exhibiting several items  Monday signed and inscribed by the slain civil rights icon. These items, which are…

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Current Exhibition: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Current Exhibition: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Susan Christiansen | January 15, 2022
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Our current exhibition, Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., features a curated selection of first editions and documents signed by Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as several of the most important works published related to African American history.     One of the most important figures of the twentieth…

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Banned and Challenged Books.

Banned and Challenged Books.

By Susan Christiansen | September 29, 2021
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Celebrated annually during the final week of September, Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s, following the highly popular 1982 American Booksellers Association BookExpo America trade show in Anaheim, California which showcased over 500 banned books. The week-long event spotlights both current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools, celebrates the…

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Collecting Americana: the Founding Texts of American History.

Collecting Americana: the Founding Texts of American History.

By Susan Christiansen | May 22, 2021
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One of the most fascinating genres to collect, Americana encompasses a broad range of titles, the most rare and desirable being the earliest texts printed in America. Containing resounding messages that played a significant role in the foundation and political history of the United States, among the most important books in American history are Thomas…

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Langston Hughes: Writing African American Identity.

Langston Hughes: Writing African American Identity.

By Susan Christiansen | May 6, 2021
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One of the most celebrated figures of the Harlem Renaissance, poet, novelist and social activist Langston Hughes is widely considered one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. Through his poetry and fiction, Hughes sought not only to portray the experience of working-class blacks in America, but redefine, expand, and celebrate African…

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Andy Warhol: Pop Art Superstar.

Andy Warhol: Pop Art Superstar.

By Susan Christiansen | April 24, 2021
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Perhaps the most influential figure of the 1950s pop art movement, American artist Andy Warhol bridged the gaps between consumerism, celebrity culture, and high art with his conceptional sculptures and iconic silk screen paintings. Warhol began his career as a graphic artist, designing commercial advertising and artwork for such popular magazines as Glamour, Vogue, and…

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Haruki Murakami: Hopeful Romantic.

Haruki Murakami: Hopeful Romantic.

By Susan Christiansen | April 16, 2021
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  International bestselling writer Haruki Murakami is best known for his magical realist novels that explore issues deeply rooted in the human experience. He has often been criticized by Japanese literary circles for being ‘un-Japanese’ because of the heavy influence of Western literature on his writing style. Opposing the Japanese ideal of the strong, independent…

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Philip Roth: Exploring American Identity

Philip Roth: Exploring American Identity

By Susan Christiansen | April 8, 2021
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One of the most awarded American authors of his generation, Philip Roth created some of the most provocative novels exploring American identity through a masterful blending of realism and fiction. Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 19, 1933 Roth attended Bucknell University and later earned a master’s degree in literature from the University of…

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Celebrating President’s Day and America’s Founding Fathers

Celebrating President’s Day and America’s Founding Fathers

By Susan Christiansen | February 12, 2021
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Celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of the first president of the United States, George Washington, President’s Day was first established as a federal holiday in 1879 by an Act of Congress and continues to be a day of celebration, commemorating the presidency as an institution and America’s Founding Fathers. In observance…

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Celebrating the Life and Work of Patricia Highsmith.

Celebrating the Life and Work of Patricia Highsmith.

By Susan Christiansen | January 19, 2021
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Today, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of great American novelist Patricia Highsmith, best known for her classic psychological thrillers Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Born in Fort Worth, Texas on January 19, 1921, Highsmith had a troubled relationship with her mother and was sent to…

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