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

Those who proportion Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper certain jointly among demanding or tender covers recognize precisely how he felt. those are the folks who can spend hours searching via a book shop, 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, 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 analyzing, appreciating, and gathering books.

This enriching assortment leads off with science-fiction nice Ray Bradbury's Foreword, within which he recollects his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so afraid 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. strong corporation for far-travelling."

Booklovers also will locate the following a range of writings by means 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; prior 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 corresponding to Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France.

Here are also enjoyable and funny lists reminiscent of the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected through Publishers Twenty instances or More," the good books incorporated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime interpreting 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 large Thick terrific Books that can Take You an entire summer time to learn (but Aren't seashore Books)."

Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, publication golf equipment, and e-book care, plus e-book 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 fondness for Books will give you a lifetime's worthy of unique, informative, and enjoyable 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 every 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 think approximately lending a publication the way in which such a lot fathers suppose approximately their daughters dwelling with a guy out of wedlock."

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

A choice from Nicholas Basbanes's a steady insanity, at the leading edge preparations Samuel Pepys made to assure that his library could live to tell the tale "intact" after his demise.

Robert Benchley's "Why Does no one acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first versions of books via his buddy Ernest Hemingway are worthy 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 strong Old...

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The Beats had a strong influence on the 'counter-culture' of the 1960s. belatedness, in Harold Bloom's theory of literary history (see anxiety of influence), the predicament of the poet who feels that previous poets have already said all that there is to say, leaving no room for new creativity. belles-lettres [bel-letr], the French term for 'fine writing', originally used (as in 'fine art') to distinguish artistic literature from scientific or philosophical writing. Since the 19th century, though, the term has more often been used dismissively to denote a category of elegant essaywriting and lightweight literary chatter, of which much was published in 27 black comedy Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Max Beerbohm's essays and Andrew Lang's Letters to Dead Authors (1896) are examples.

Art for art's sake, the slogan of *AESTHETICISM in the 19th century, often given in its French form as Vart pourl'art. The most important early manifesto for the idea, Theophile Gautier's preface to his novel Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835), does not actually use the phrase itself, which is a simplified expression of the principle adopted by many leading French authors and by Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Symons in England. 300 BCE), although it was used earlier in *LYRICS and *TRAGEDIES.

See also demotic, diction. colophon, the publisher's imprint or emblem usually displayed on the title page of a book; or (in older books) an inscription placed at the end of a book, naming the printer and the date and place of publication. colportage, cheap popular literature, originally sold by itinerant hawkers called colporteurs. The category includes religious tracts, sensational novels and *ROMANCES, *CHAPBOOKS, and *BROADSIDES. 45 comedy of manners comedy, a play (or other literary composition) written chiefly to amuse its audience by appealing to a sense of superiority over the characters depicted.

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