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

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

Those who percentage Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper sure jointly among demanding or gentle covers understand precisely how he felt. those are the folks who can spend hours looking via a bookstall, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every thing else round them, the folk for whom purchasing books is a need, now not 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 analyzing, appreciating, and amassing 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 terrified 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 right here a variety 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 Christopher Morley, A. Edward Newton, Holbrook Jackson, A.S.W. Rosenbach, William Dana Orcutt, Robert Benchley, and William Targ; and vintage authors comparable to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France.

Here are also enjoyable and funny lists akin to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by means of Publishers Twenty occasions or More," the nice books incorporated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime analyzing 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 great Thick superb Books which may Take You a complete summer season to learn (but Aren't seashore Books)."

Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, ebook golf equipment, and publication care, plus booklet cartoons, and a in particular 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 provides you with a lifetime's worthy of enjoyable, informative, and enjoyable interpreting 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 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 think approximately lending a e-book 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 captivated with possessing a booklet that he's prepared to kill to own it.

A choice from Nicholas Basbanes's a gradual insanity, at the leading edge preparations Samuel Pepys made to assure that his library could 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 via his good friend Ernest Hemingway are beneficial 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 solid outdated 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 lifestyles, during which she stocks her confident view at the function of analyzing and the way forward for books within the laptop age.

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

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17. If possible, no rest rooms. HOW TOO R G A N I Z E A PUB LIe LIB R A R Y [ 39 ] 18. Ideally, the reader should be unable to enter the library. If he does actually enter, exploiting with tedious insistence a right, granted on the basis of the principles of 1789, that has nevertheless not been assimilated by the collective sensibility, he must never, ever-with the exception of rapid visits to the reference shelves-be allowed access to the sanctum of the stacks. CONFIDENTIAL NOTE: All staff must be affected by physical defects, as it is the duty of a public institution to offer job opportunities to handicapped citizens (the fire department is considering an extension of this rule to its ranks).

I bid for a number of them, but each time I noticed a gentleman in the front row who seemed only to have waited for my bid to counter with his own, evidently prepared to top any offer. Mter this had been repeated several times, I gave up all hope of acquiring the book which I was most interested in that day. It was the rare Frag- mente ausdem Nachlass eines jungen Physikers (Posthumous Fragments ofa YOung Physicist), which Johann Wilhelm Ritter published in two volumes at Heidelberg in 1810. This work has never been reprinted, but I have always considered its preface, in which the author-editor tells the story of his life in the guise of an obituary for his supposedly deceased unnamed friend-with whom he is really identical-as the most important sample of personal prose of German Romanticism.

For a student like me the sum was still considerable. The following morning at the pawnshop is no longer part of this story, and I prefer to speak about another incident which I should like to call the negative of an auction. It happened last year at a Berlin auction. The collection of books that was offered was a miscellany in quality and subject matter, and only a number of rare works on occultism and natural philosophy were worthy of note. I bid for a number of them, but each time I noticed a gentleman in the front row who seemed only to have waited for my bid to counter with his own, evidently prepared to top any offer.

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