Encyclopaedia Britannica

Alamy

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Ends, but it Gave Me my Start

Our family's set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica represented wealth and status -- an investment in knowledge. For my father, they meant my brother and I would take a career path that led far away from the long hours that my paternal grandmother spent sewing fur pelts together in a basement in order to support her family as a single mother.