By Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan
While i've got a bit funds, i purchase books. And if any is left, i purchase meals and clothing.--Desiderius ErasmusThose who proportion Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper sure jointly among demanding or smooth covers understand precisely how he felt. those are the folk who can spend hours looking via a bookstall, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every thing else round them, the folks for whom procuring books is a need, no longer a luxurious. a keenness for Books is a party of that love, a suite of sixty vintage and modern essays, tales, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons at the joys of studying, appreciating, and accumulating books.This enriching assortment leads off with science-fiction nice Ray Bradbury's Foreword, within which he recalls his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so fearful of paintings 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, "Shakespeare as a pillow, Pope at one elbow, Yeats on the different, and Shaw to hot my feet. strong corporation for far-travelling."Booklovers also will locate right here a range of writings by means of a myriad of fellow victims from bibliomania. between those are such modern authors as Philip Roth, John Updike, Umberto Eco, Robertson Davies, Nicholas Basbanes, and Anna Quindlen; previous twentieth-century authors Chris-topher Morley, A. Edward Newton, Holbrook Jackson, A.S.W. Rosenbach, William Dana Orcutt, Robert Benchley, and William Targ; and vintage authors akin to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. right here are also interesting and funny lists reminiscent of the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by means of Publishers Twenty occasions or More," the nice books incorporated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime examining Plan, Jonathan Yardley's "Ten Books That formed the yankee Character," "Ten Memorable Books That by no means Existed," "Norman Mailer's Ten favourite American Novels," and Anna Quindlen's "Ten immense Thick exceptional Books which could Take You an entire summer time to learn (but are usually not seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, ebook golf equipment, and ebook care, plus ebook cartoons, and a especially ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books. no matter if you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply anyone who loves to learn, a fondness for Books will give you a lifetime's worthy of exciting, informative, and satisfying interpreting in your favourite subject--the love of books.A Sampling of the Literary Treasures in a keenness for Books Umberto Eco's "How to Justify a personal Library," facing the query all people with a large library is necessarily requested: "Have you learn a majority of these books?" Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," within which he notes, "I suppose approximately lending a ebook the way in which so much fathers consider approximately their daughters residing with a guy out of wedlock." Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a publication collector so keen about possessing a booklet that he's keen to kill to own it. a variety from Nicholas Basbanes's a gradual insanity, at the leading edge preparations Samuel Pepys made to assure that his library might continue to exist "intact" after his demise. Robert Benchley's "Why Does not anyone gather Me"--in which he wonders why first variations of books by means of his good friend Ernest Hemingway are worthy whereas his aren't, deadpanning "I am older than Hemingway and feature written extra books than he has." George Hamlin Fitch's terribly touching "Comfort present in strong outdated Books," at the solace he present in books after the dying of his son. A choice from Anna Quindlen's How interpreting replaced My existence, during which she stocks her confident view at the function of interpreting and the way forward for books within the machine age. Robertson Davies's "Book Collecting," at the distinction among those that acquire infrequent books simply because they are helpful and people who acquire them simply because they love books, eventually making it transparent that's "the collector who fairly matters."
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A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books by Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan