The Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition encourages students at Washington University to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives.

The competition started in 1988 and the collection contains the award-winning essays of both undergraduate and graduate students from 2003 to present. For more information regarding The Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition, please visit the library's website.

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Submissions from 2014

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A Self Portrait, Joyce Hankins

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Ordering Chaos in the Novels of P.G. Wodehouse, Kelly Oman

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Combining Fact and Fiction: My Collection of German-Jewish Writing, Corey Twitchell

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The Old-Fashioned Girls, Talya Zax

Submissions from 2013

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A Muse for Recollection: On Collecting Ancient Greek Textbooks, Brian Feldman

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Arturo Belano and the Storybook War, John Gauthier

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Asthmatic and Alone: How Books Became My World, Lauren Henley

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Keeping Abreast of the Literature..., Sarah Sobonya

Submissions from 2012

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Notes from the Post-Apocalypse, Alexandra Barger

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Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be: the collected works of Haruki Murakami, Anne Jensen-Urstad

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The Book-Filled Crate, Ervin Malakaj

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Life as a Joke: In Defense of the Comedic Narrative, Karina Louise Stridh

Submissions from 2011

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A Story of Life, Love, and Death, Priya Banerjee

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Secret Clubs and Schoolgirl Shamuses: Growing up with Trixie Belden, Emma Hine

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Who's That Girl? The Many Faces of Mexican Women, Benjamin Murphy

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No Mere Reader: A Collection of Memories, Tanya Roth

Submissions from 2010

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A Deliciously Interesting Collection of Words, Maggie Gorman

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Fantazja o Polskiej Fantastyce: A Fantasy about Polish Fantasy, Michal Hyrc

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Summers with My Bapuji: Opening Up a World of What-Ifs, Amit Patel

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The Accidental Enthusiast: On Collecting World War II Books in the Internet Age, Anna Teekell Hays

Submissions from 2009

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Oj Kojtz´iban, Oj Kojk´asi´k: We Write, We Survive: The Rebirth of Maya Literacy, Doc M. Billingsley

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How I Won Over a Hundred Dollars Worth of Books, Inspired an Independent Study, and Became the Hero of My Homeroom, Hana Damore

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A Collection Enriched by Cultural Difference... and a Little Magic, Christina Pulles

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From Elements to a Set, You Xu

Submissions from 2008

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Impossible, Infinite Illustrations, Michael Dango