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 difficult or smooth covers understand precisely how he felt. those are the folks who can spend hours shopping via a book shop, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every thing else round them, the folk for whom deciding to buy 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 studying, 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 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 feet. reliable corporation for far-travelling."Booklovers also will locate the following 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 similar to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. the following are also interesting and funny lists comparable to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected through 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 monstrous Thick superb Books which could Take You an entire summer time to learn (but are usually not seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are decisions on bookstores, ebook golf equipment, and booklet care, plus publication cartoons, and a in particular 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 offers you a lifetime's worthy of enjoyable, informative, and satisfying examining 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 each person with a large library is necessarily requested: "Have you learn these kind of books?" Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," within which he notes, "I believe approximately lending a ebook the way in which so much fathers believe 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 publication that he's keen to kill to own it. a range from Nicholas Basbanes's a steady 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 acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first versions of books by way of his buddy Ernest Hemingway are priceless 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 loss of life of his son. A choice from Anna Quindlen's How studying replaced My existence, within which she stocks her confident view at the position of examining 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 priceless and people who acquire them simply because they love books, eventually making it transparent that is "the collector who particularly matters."
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When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness. -VINCENT STARRETT How to Get Started in the Book Business [J BY STUART ~ BRENT For nearly halfa century, Stuart Brent was one ofAmerica'spremier book dealers, a champion of literature and fine bookmaking. His store was Chicago's mecca for the great writers ofthe Midwest-or those just passing through. we once spent five glorious hours talking with him about currents in contemporary literature and publishing-in both areas Mr. Brent was a prophet who should have been listened to more carefULly.
Summer vacation is a time for reading, and my friends come to me to borrow books because I have more than most people. In their innocence, they have no idea what I go through in lending a book. They don't understand that I think of myself as offering them love, truth, beauty, wisdom, and consolation against death. Nor do they suspect that I feel about lending a book the way most fathers feel about their daughters living with a man out of wedlock. This is not to say that there is no pleasure in lending.
I brought my own phonograph from home and my typewriter and settled down to the long wait for the first customer. How do you get going in a business of which you have no practical knowledge and which inherently is a doomed undertaking to begin with? The only answer is that you must be favored with guardian angels. The first one to bring a flutter of hope into my life came into it on a September afternoon at a luncheon affair, under I do not know what auspices, for Chicago authors. There I encountered a distinguishedlooking white-haired gentleman, tall but with the sloping back ofa lit- [22} STUART BRENT erary man, standing mildly in a corner.