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A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, by Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan

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 percentage Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper certain jointly among demanding or gentle covers understand precisely how he felt. those are the folks 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 folks for whom deciding to buy 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 amassing books.This enriching assortment leads off with science-fiction nice Ray Bradbury's Foreword, during which he recalls his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so petrified 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 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; 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 resembling Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. right here are also wonderful and funny lists resembling the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected via Publishers Twenty instances or More," the good 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 great Thick very good Books which could Take You a complete summer time to learn (but will not be seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, ebook golf equipment, and e-book care, plus e-book cartoons, and a in particular ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books. even if you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply an individual who loves to learn, a keenness for Books gives you a lifetime's worthy of pleasing, informative, and enjoyable analyzing 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 everybody with a large library is necessarily requested: "Have you learn most of these books?"  Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," within which he notes, "I suppose approximately lending a booklet the best way so much 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 booklet that he's keen to kill to own it.   a range from Nicholas Basbanes's a steady insanity, at the cutting 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 acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first variations of books by way of his good friend Ernest Hemingway are priceless whereas his should not, deadpanning "I am older than Hemingway and feature written extra books than he has."  George Hamlin Fitch's terribly touching "Comfort present in stable previous Books," at the solace he present in books after the loss of life of his son.  A choice from Anna Quindlen's How interpreting replaced My existence, during which she stocks her confident view at the position of analyzing 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 precious and those that acquire them simply because they love books, finally making it transparent that is "the collector who quite matters."

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But even now I'm not ready to bring the book up to the cashier with my money in hand. Before doing so I always inspect the book, to make sure it's flawless, to be sure that this is the copy I want to bring home with me. So I look carefully at the dust jacket to make sure it's neither torn nor soiled in any way, then gently remove it and inspect the binding, both front and back. If I find flaws, I take another copy from the shelf and go through the same procedure until I find one I'm satisfied with, and then, and only then, do I proceed to the cashier.

I hastened to A. C. McClurg's and presented myself to the credit manager. The fact that I had a shop, nicely decorated, did not seem to qualify me for instant credit. First I would have to fill out an application and await the results ofan investigation. In the meantime ifI wanted books, I could buy them for cash. "All right," I said. " "That isn't very much," the man said. " Then, still apparently somewhat shattered, he directed me to a salesman. I launched into my buying terribly, terribly happy, yet filled with all sorts of misgivings.

At the eleventh hour I sent my first major book orders from there and in this way was able to secure such irreplaceable items as Der blaue Reiter and Bachofen's Sage von Tanaquil, which could still be obtained from the publishers at that time. Well-so you may say-after exploring all these byways we should finally reach the wide highway of book acquisition, namely, the purchasing of books. This is indeed a wide highway, but not a comfortable one. The purchasing done by a book collector has very little in common with that done in a bookshop by a student getting a textbook, a man of the world buying a present for his lady, or a businessman intending to while away his next train journey.

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