Bookseller William Reese was an American bookseller and founder of the William Reese Company.

The William Reese Company began awarding Fellowships in the Print Culture of the Americas in 1998 to support research in the field of American book history.

Bookseller William Reese
Bookseller William Reese

In 1979, Reese established the William Reese Company in New Haven, Connecticut.

Over the next four decades, Reese’s became the industry leader in Americana, with the best goods and collections coming through his hands.

Hundreds of catalogs of American materials were published by the company. Reese also helped shape the Americana collections at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

In the mid-1970s, while still an undergraduate at Yale, Reese published his first bibliographic works and sold antiquarian books.

He was a partner in the rare book firm Frontier Americana at the time. He received a B.A. in history from Yale in 1977.

Winnowers of the Past: The Americanist Tradition in the Nineteenth Century was the title of his senior thesis. Following graduation, Reese worked in Texas with bookseller Fred White, Jr.

On July 29, 1955, in Havre de Grace, Maryland, Reese was born to William Blaine Reese and Katherine Reese (née Jackson). He had a sister, Barbara.

Bookseller William Reese Cause of Death

Late bookseller William Reese died of prostate cancer. This was announced by his wife Dorothy Hurt in a press statement.

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Since the news of bookseller William Reese went viral, internet users have since poured out their heartfelt tribute to empathize with the deceased and bereaved family.

Bookseller William Reese Obituary

Bookseller William Reese’s obituary details are yet to be revealed by his family.


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