By Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan
Whilst i've got a bit funds, i purchase books. And if any is left, i purchase foodstuff and clothing.--Desiderius ErasmusThose who proportion Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper sure jointly among not easy or delicate covers understand precisely how he felt. those are the folk who can spend hours shopping via a book place, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every thing else round them, the folk for whom paying for books is a need, now not a luxurious. a fondness 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 analyzing, appreciating, and accumulating books.This enriching assortment leads off with science-fiction nice Ray Bradbury's Foreword, within which he recollects his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so scared of artwork 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 ft. solid corporation for far-travelling."Booklovers also will locate the following a variety 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 comparable to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. the following are also wonderful and funny lists corresponding to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by means of Publishers Twenty instances or More," the nice books incorporated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime analyzing Plan, Jonathan Yardley's "Ten Books That formed the yank Character," "Ten Memorable Books That by no means Existed," "Norman Mailer's Ten favourite American Novels," and Anna Quindlen's "Ten colossal Thick superb Books which can Take You an entire summer season to learn (but usually are not seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, booklet golf equipment, and e-book care, plus e-book cartoons, and a especially ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books. no matter if you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply a person who loves to learn, a fondness for Books gives you a lifetime's worthy of unique, informative, and pleasant examining in your favourite subject--the love of books.A Sampling of the Literary Treasures in a fondness for Books Umberto Eco's "How to Justify a personal Library," facing the query every person with a large library is unavoidably requested: "Have you learn a majority of these books?" Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," within which he notes, "I think approximately lending a publication the way in which so much fathers suppose approximately their daughters dwelling with a guy out of wedlock." Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a e-book collector so keen about possessing a ebook that he's keen to kill to own it. a range from Nicholas Basbanes's a gradual insanity, at the leading edge preparations Samuel Pepys made to assure that his library could live to tell the tale "intact" after his demise. Robert Benchley's "Why Does not anyone acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first versions of books via his pal Ernest Hemingway are invaluable 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 reliable outdated Books," at the solace he present in books after the loss of life of his son. A choice from Anna Quindlen's How examining replaced My lifestyles, during which she stocks her positive view at the function of studying and the way forward for books within the desktop age. Robertson Davies's "Book Collecting," at the distinction among those that gather infrequent books simply because they are useful and people who acquire them simply because they love books, finally making it transparent that is "the collector who quite 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