On Display at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto: Highlights from Marshall McLuhan’s Private Library

04Jul14
Cover of Saturday Review with Marshall McLuhan on cover

This month, the Fisher’s rotating display case features books and materials from Marshall McLuhan’s Library. The library, comprising more than 6000 volumes, was used heavily by McLuhan in the writing of his most famous works, including Understanding MediaThe Gutenberg Galaxy and The Medium is the Massage.  A majority of the books bear McLuhan’s annotations and more than half of them contained material – including notes, manuscripts, and correspondence – laid into the books by McLuhan.

Fisher Librarian Jason Brown, who catalogued the McLuhan library (click on this link for the finding aid), has curated an exhibition featuring highlights from the library, including McLuhan’s heavily annotated copies of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. To listen to Jason discuss the McLuhan library, please click on this link or the sound icon below. He’s also provided an audio “guided tour” of the exhibition, which you can listen to by clicking on this link or on the sound icon below. (If you want to download the mp3 to your device, simply right click on the link.) Images from the display case can be seen below.

  McLuhan Library Overview

  McLuhan Display Case – Guided Tour

Click on images below for a closer view.

     

Source: http://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/mcluhan-library-display

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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