A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories,

"When i've got a bit cash, i purchase books. And if any is left, i purchase nutrition and clothing."
--Desiderius Erasmus

Those who proportion Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper certain jointly among difficult or smooth 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 little thing else round them, the folks for whom deciding to buy books is a need, no longer a luxurious. A ardour 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 interpreting, 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 ft. solid corporation for far-travelling."

Booklovers also will locate right here 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; previous twentieth-century authors Christopher Morley, A. Edward Newton, Holbrook Jackson, A.S.W. Rosenbach, William Dana Orcutt, Robert Benchley, and William Targ; and vintage authors corresponding to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France.

Here are also wonderful and funny lists corresponding 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 examining 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 gigantic Thick incredible Books which can Take You a complete summer time to learn (but Aren't seashore Books)."

Rounding out the anthology are decisions on bookstores, publication golf equipment, and booklet care, plus ebook cartoons, and a especially ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books.

Whether you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply anyone who loves to learn, A ardour for Books will give you a lifetime's worthy of interesting, informative, and pleasing studying 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 necessarily requested: "Have you learn a majority of these books?"

Anatole Broyard's "Lending Books," during which he notes, "I think approximately lending a ebook the best way such a lot fathers consider approximately their daughters dwelling with a guy out of wedlock."

Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a publication collector so enthusiastic about possessing a e-book that he's prepared to kill to own it.

A choice from Nicholas Basbanes's a gradual 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 no one acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first variations of books through his pal Ernest Hemingway are invaluable whereas his are usually not, deadpanning "I am older than Hemingway and feature written extra books than he has."

George Hamlin Fitch's terribly touching "Comfort present in strong outdated Books," at the solace he present in books after the demise of his son.

A choice from Anna Quindlen's How examining replaced My lifestyles, within which she stocks her confident view at the position of examining and the way forward for books within the laptop age.

Robertson Davies's "Book Collecting," at the distinction among those that acquire infrequent books simply because they're worthwhile and people who acquire them simply because they love books, eventually making it transparent that's "the collector who quite matters."

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To press a potent book on someone is like giving a dinner guest a strong drink that may cause him to act either foolish or exalted. Some readers even "pass out" after imbibing such a book: they dismiss the experience because they can't handle it. Occasionally I'm asked, as if I were a doctor, to prescribe a book for a particular condition-for a recently divorced person or one who is suffering from depression. What kind of book a divorced or depressed person might want to read is a nice question: Should it be comforting or a confirmation of their conviction that things fall apart and the center cannot hold?

I launched into my buying terribly, terribly happy, yet filled with all sorts of misgivings. Was I selecting the right books? And whom would I sell them to? But I had only to touch their brand-new shiny jackets to restore my confidence. I remember buying Jules Romain's HOW TO GET STARTED ... [21} Men ofGood Will. In fifteen years, I never sold a copy. I'm still trying. 49. 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.

Now, at last, I'm ready to place my new book on my shelves. After waiting for more years than I like to remember, I recently bought a large number of seven-foot-high bookcases, fulfilling a lifelong dream of filling an entire room with books, and finally having the opportunity to display all my books rather than having half hidden away in cardboard boxes. My library is now divided according to subject area, the books in each area arranged ~lphabetically by author, so there is a place for everything.

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