By Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan
While i've got a bit funds, 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 smooth covers comprehend 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 paying for books is a need, no longer 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 examining, appreciating, and gathering 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. stable corporation for far-travelling."Booklovers also will locate the following a range of writings by way 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 resembling Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France. the following are also wonderful and funny lists similar to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by way of Publishers Twenty instances or More," the good 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 huge Thick marvelous Books which may Take You an entire summer time to learn (but usually are not seashore Books)." Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, ebook golf equipment, and publication care, plus ebook cartoons, and a particularly ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books. even if you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply an individual who loves to learn, a fondness for Books offers you a lifetime's worthy of exciting, informative, and gratifying 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 everybody 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 e-book the way in which such a lot fathers suppose approximately their daughters residing with a guy out of wedlock." Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a publication collector so passionate about possessing a booklet that he's prepared 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 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 by means of his good friend Ernest Hemingway are worthwhile 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 stable outdated Books," at the solace he present in books after the dying of his son. A choice from Anna Quindlen's How studying replaced My lifestyles, during which she stocks her confident view at the position of examining and the way forward for books within the computing device age. Robertson Davies's "Book Collecting," at the distinction among those that gather infrequent books simply because they're important and those that acquire them simply because they love books, finally making it transparent that's "the collector who fairly matters."
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18} ROB KAPLAN The chances are, of course, that I may never pull that book from its shelf again, may never feel a sufficiently strong desire to read it or a need to consult it. But it doesn't matter. It's there whether I read it or not, whether I need it or not: it's mine. 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.
In Zuckerman Unbound, Zuckerman's brother marries a girl as the only way to repossess a book he lent her. Some bibliomaniacs would sooner give away a book than suffer the anxiety of lending it. The most dangerous part of lending books lies in the returning. At such times, friendships hang by a thread. " I enjoyed it-as if that were what books were for. ~ BY CHRISTOPHER MORLEY I give hearty and humble thanks for the safe return of this book, which having endured the perils of my friend's bookcase and the bookcases of my friend's friends, now returns to me in reasonably good condition.
I was promised delivery as soon as the check cleared. When the books arrived on a Saturday morning, it was like a first love affair. I waited breathlessly as the truck drew up, full of books for my shop. It wasn't full at all, of course-not for me, anyway. My books were contained in a few modest boxes. And I had built shelves all the way up to the ceiling! Again, a moment of panic. Enough, my heart said. Stay in the dream! What's next? The next step was to get recordings. In this field, at least, I found that all the major companies had branch offices in Chicago.