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 percentage Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper certain jointly among tough or gentle covers recognize precisely how he felt. those are the folk who can spend hours looking via a book shop, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every little thing else round them, the folks for whom paying for 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 analyzing, 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 petrified 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. strong corporation for far-travelling."Booklovers also will locate the following a range of writings via 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 similar to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. the following are also pleasing and funny lists reminiscent of the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected via Publishers Twenty instances or More," the nice books integrated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime studying 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 tremendous Thick fabulous Books which may Take You an entire summer time to learn (but are usually not seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, publication golf equipment, and booklet care, plus booklet cartoons, and a in particular ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books. no matter if you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply an individual who loves to learn, a fondness for Books gives you a lifetime's worthy of enjoyable, informative, and enjoyable analyzing 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 all people with a large library is unavoidably requested: "Have you learn a majority of these books?" Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," during which he notes, "I suppose approximately lending a publication the way in which such a lot fathers consider approximately their daughters residing with a guy out of wedlock." Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a ebook 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 live on "intact" after his demise. Robert Benchley's "Why Does not anyone gather Me"--in which he wonders why first variants of books by means of his buddy Ernest Hemingway are important whereas his usually are not, 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 demise of his son. A choice from Anna Quindlen's How analyzing replaced My existence, within which she stocks her positive view at the position of analyzing 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're useful and those that gather them simply because they love books, finally making it transparent that is "the collector who rather 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