This collection provides a list of winning essays from the Book Collecting Contest at the University of Puget Sound.

The aim of this competition is to encourage full-time students at Puget Sound to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives, to appreciate the special qualities of printed or illustrated works, and to read, research and preserve the collected works for pleasure and scholarship. Collections can be on any subject and this contest is open to all full time students. The contest is offered every other year.

These works are available online, and we have provided links to the full text versions of these works.

Some links may require you to enter your Puget Sound ID and password to view the summary or full-text content.


Submissions from 2013


Hunting the Dark Knight: Books on the Batman, Ian N. Fox


Ars Moriendi: A Selection of Texts Concerning the Phenomenon of Death, Andrew Osborne


The Genderization of Crime Fiction from the Victorian Era to the Modern Day, Ariana Scott-Zechlin

Submissions from 2012


The Devolution of Man: Mental and Social “Madness” Throughout Literature, Ian N. Fox


Words of the Waves: A Nautical Collection, Emily Selinger