A Passion for Books

A Passion for Books

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qWhen I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing.q--Desiderius Erasmus Those who share Erasmus's love of those curious bundles of paper bound together between hard or soft covers know exactly how he felt. These are the people who can spend hours browsing through a bookstore, completely oblivious not only to the passage of time but to everything else around them, the people for whom buying books is a necessity, not a luxury. A Passion for Books is a celebration of that love, a collection of sixty classic and contemporary essays, stories, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons on the joys of reading, appreciating, and collecting books. This enriching collection leads off with science-fiction great Ray Bradbury's Foreword, in which he remembers his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so frightened of art that it burns its books. This struggle--financial and creative--led to his lifelong love of all books, which he hopes will cosset him in his grave, qShakespeare as a pillow, Pope at one elbow, Yeats at the other, and Shaw to warm my toes. Good company for far-travelling.q Booklovers will also find here a selection of writings by a myriad of fellow sufferers from bibliomania. Among these are such contemporary authors as Philip Roth, John Updike, Umberto Eco, Robertson Davies, Nicholas Basbanes, and Anna Quindlen; earlier twentieth-century authors Chris-topher Morley, A. Edward Newton, Holbrook Jackson, A.S.W. Rosenbach, William Dana Orcutt, Robert Benchley, and William Targ; and classic authors such as Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. Here also are entertaining and humorous lists such as the qTen Best-Selling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty Times or More, q the great books included in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime Reading Plan, Jonathan Yardley's qTen Books That Shaped the American Character, q qTen Memorable Books That Never Existed, q qNorman Mailer's Ten Favorite American Novels, q and Anna Quindlen's qTen Big Thick Wonderful Books That Could Take You a Whole Summer to Read (but Aren't Beach Books).q Rounding out the anthology are selections on bookstores, book clubs, and book care, plus book cartoons, and a specially prepared qBibliobibliographyq of books about books. Whether you consider yourself a bibliomaniac or just someone who likes to read, A Passion for Books will provide you with a lifetime's worth of entertaining, informative, and pleasurable reading on your favorite subject--the love of books.A Book Lovera#39;s Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting , Reading, Borrowing, Lending, ... Suffice it to quote the answer which Anatole France gave to a philistine who admired his library and then finished with theanbsp;...


Title:A Passion for Books
Author: Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan
Publisher:Crown - 2007-12-18
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