Truman Capote
Truman Capote

One popular theme for collections is books by your favorite author.  This could be as simple as finding a single copy of every title published by your beloved writer, or the more specific goal of finding each first edition.  Alternately you could include articles written in periodicals as well as short stories, or poems that could have appear in collections. 

No matter how you choose to define your collection, you will need to learn what has been written by that particular author and when those various editions were published.  This can be done by finding an appropriate bibliography. A bibliography is a systematic list of books and other works published by an author. Bibliographies are common and can be found by searching various library catalogs. Beware of out-of-date bibliographies for modern writers.

Key Things to Consider When Collecting by Author:


Research your author's bibliography:


Collectible Authors

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