Two English majors, each of whom assembled a book collection (one on Batman, the other on gender in crime fiction), have won prizes in the 2013 Collins Memorial Library Book Collecting Contest.
Ian Fox ’14 took the first-place prize for his collection “Hunting the Dark Night: Books on the Batman.” Ian said his collection of books on Batman, including some first edition items, followed the evolving nature of the superhero, from his 1939 appearance in Detective Comics #27 as a caped detective to his modern Hollywood depiction as the powerful vigilante, Dark Knight. “I contacted two of my favorite academic authors and scoured used bookstores,” he said. “They gave me tips on what to look for and about other authors and books. It’s what I’m most passionate about— the Batman.” Ian will enter his winning collection on The Batman in the national contest at the Library of Congress, D.C.