Selected Works

Literary essays, memoir, history, bibliography.
Literary History
History of the Bookshelf Told Through the Author's Own Pen-and-Ink Drawings and Commentary
Life Choices
(co-edited with Stephanie Greene) Ancient and Modern Tales and Poems on Choices People Make Along the Road of Life
Book About Books Anthology
Classic and Contemporary Confessions on Living with Books Intensively
Artist's Book
Imaginary Tour of American Painter Albert Pinkham Ryder's Infamous NYC Studio Digs
Poems About Snow Written In Collaboration With Harry Smith
Pepys' Book Press #1, ca. 1666

"While we often extol the wonders a bookshelf holds, the shelf itself generally gets short shrift. So it is with genuine appreciation that I welcome this wittily drawn, wittily written essay to our pages. The resourceful Marshall Brooks surveys shelves from Mesopotamia to the Library of Congress . . . celebrating his noble subject in its changing dimensions and timeless purpose."


"Who would expect a book, with so mundane a subject, to spark such fun? This wonderful little book did that and more to this writer. . . . Who but a man of imagination would see in a supposed supporting plank such history, such background. From the carved oak bookcases replete with chains . . . to the whimsy of Napoleon’s disposing of just read books, on up to the ubiquitous cindercrete of the happenen’ years, Mr. Brooks pays tribute to the bookshelf’s supporting role in literacy. . . . All in all this is a fine book to add to any letterpress aficionado’s collection. Books such as these prove that one can never dismiss the obvious. It often is a case of finding a gem in plain sight."

Moosejaw, Saskatchewan

A Brief Illustrated History of the Bookshelf

Published by Birch Brook Press, 1998