Frederick Andrew Lerner, D.L.S.
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The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, 2nd ed.

New York: Continuum, 2009
ISBN 978-0-8264-2990-2
249 pages

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Also published in Chinese,  Spanish, and Turkish

“A rich and thought-provoking work that should prove of interest to a wide readership in the book community.” – AB Bookman's Weekly

“We now have a book with ideas to impress general readers from the outside and stretch library-history insiders, especially those of us who are lucky enough to be teaching library history courses, for which this should now be the text of choice.” – Libraries and Culture
Book cover Libraries through the Ages

New York: Continuum, 1999
ISBN 0-8264-1201-7
160 pages

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A young adult companion to The Story of Libraries, this is a concise history of libraries throughout the world, from those of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians to the comprehensive libraries of today.
Book cover A Bookmans Fantasy: How Science Fiction Became Respectable, and Other Essays

Framingham: NESFA Press, 1995
ISBN 0-915368-65-X
97 pages

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Twenty-four essays in four major areas: (1) SF, Respectable and Otherwise; (2) A Librarian Born and Bred; (3) An Imperfect Vermonter; (4) A Bookman's Fantasy.

“Lerner’s attempts to define science fiction…and his dissection of Robert Heinlein will be of interest to all. Though in these pages Lerner has written that ‘The attempt to arrive at a perfect definition of science fiction is doomed to failure,’ his struggles to do so are fascinating to watch.” – Science Fiction Age

Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community book cover Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community

Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1985
ISBN 0-8108-1794-2
xviii, 325 pages

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An historical inquiry into the reception of a new literary medium by several classes of American readers that seeks to answer these questions: (1) What picture of modern American science fiction was formed in the mind of the American reading public? (2)  How was modern American science fiction received by certain groups of Americans whose profession it was to deal with literature? (3) How have these changed during modern American science fiction’s first fifty years?
Book cover Silverlock (by John Myers Myers), including The Silverlock Companion, edited by Fred Lerner

Framingham: NESFA Press, 2004
ISBN 1-886778-52-3
510 pages

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“Myers’ best-known novel is the story of the shipwreck of A. Clarence Shandon, called Silverlock for the white streak in his hair, in the Commonwealth of Letters, where he meets Orpheus, visits Hell, fails to ride Pegasus, hears the tale of the Alamo recited in Norse verse forms, and encounters much else. The companionate material…includes biographical and bibliographical material on Myers, who was also a notable historian of the American West; a sampler of his verse; and the melodies, with tablature, of song-settings of five more poems. Vastly enriching appreciation of the novel is a generous reader’s guide to its characters, places, special vocabulary, and allusions.” – Booklist