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By Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan
Whilst i've got a bit cash, i purchase books. And if any is left, i purchase nutrients and clothing.--Desiderius ErasmusThose who percentage Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper certain jointly among tough or delicate covers recognize precisely how he felt. those are the folks who can spend hours searching via a bookshop, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every thing else round them, the folks for whom purchasing books is a need, now not a luxurious. a fondness for Books is a party of that love, a set of sixty vintage and modern essays, tales, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons at the joys of examining, appreciating, and accumulating books.This enriching assortment leads off with science-fiction nice Ray Bradbury's Foreword, during which he recollects his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so terrified 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. solid corporation for far-travelling."Booklovers also will locate the following a variety of writings through 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; prior 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 resembling Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. the following are also exciting and funny lists comparable to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by means of Publishers Twenty instances or More," the nice books integrated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime interpreting 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 sizeable Thick remarkable Books that can Take You an entire summer time to learn (but will not be seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, e-book golf equipment, and ebook care, plus booklet cartoons, and a particularly 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 wonderful, 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 each person with a large library is unavoidably requested: "Have you learn these kinds of books?" Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," during which he notes, "I believe approximately lending a publication the way in which such a lot fathers think approximately their daughters dwelling with a guy out of wedlock." Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a ebook collector so keen about possessing a ebook that he's keen to kill to own it. a variety from Nicholas Basbanes's a gradual insanity, at the cutting edge preparations Samuel Pepys made to assure that his library might live to tell the tale "intact" after his demise. Robert Benchley's "Why Does not anyone acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first variants of books through his good friend Ernest Hemingway are priceless 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 sturdy 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 confident view at the position of analyzing and the way forward for books within the laptop age. Robertson Davies's "Book Collecting," at the distinction among those that gather infrequent books simply because they are beneficial and people who acquire them simply because they love books, eventually making it transparent that's "the collector who particularly matters."
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The thought of people reading in the sun, on a beach, tempts me to recommend dark books, written in the shadow of loneliness, despair, and death. Let these revelers feel a chill as they loll on their towels. Let Baudelaire's "wing of madness" pass over them like a scavenging seagull. There are times when someone will ask for a particular book, and I'll try to turn them away from it out of a fear that they won't do it JustIce. Helen Vendler said that I. A. Richards, one of the great poetry critics, was always trying to protect his favorites against the misinterpretations of a careless world.
The moment a book is lent, I begin to miss it. According to T. S. Eliot, each new book that is written alters every previous one. In the same way, each absent book alters those that remain on my shelves. The complexion of my library, the delicate gestalt, is spoiled. My mind goes to the gap as one's tongue goes to a cavity. My security is r 1 For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted.
On their copyright pages the books must bear no indication of the subjects under which they are to be listed. 3. Call numbers should be impossible to decipher and, if possible, very complex, so that anyone filling out a call slip will never have room to include the last line of numbers and will assume they are irrelevant. Then the desk attendant will hand the slip back to him with the admonition to fill it out properly. 4. The time between request and delivery must be as long as possible. [37J [ 38] UMBERTO ECO 5.
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