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  • Editor
    Harold Rabinowitz
  • Editor
    Rob Kaplan
  • Foreword
    Ray Bradbury

A passion for books

a book lover's treasury of stories, essays, humor, lore, and lists on collecting, reading, borrowing, lending, caring for, and appreciating books

1st ed.

  • 3 Want to read

Published by Times Books in New York, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

Presents sixty classic and contemporary essays, lists, poems, stories, quotations, and cartoons that celebrate the joys of reading, appreciating, and collecting books.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ray Bradbury ix
Introduction: A Passion for Books xvii
Unpacking My Library by Walter Benjamin 4
In a Second-Hand Bookshop by Christopher Morley 5
The Ritual by Rob Kaplan 13
How to Get Started in the Book Business by Stuart Brent 19
"Look Who's Been Remaindered Now" 26
Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty of More Times 27
Lending Books by Anatole Broyard 28
On the Return of a Book Lent to a Friend by Christopher Morley 32
Welcome Home Borrowed Book 33
How to Justify a Private Library by Umberto Eco 34
How to Organize a Public Library by Umberto Eco 37
Samuel Pepys's Library by Nicholas Basbanes 40
Pillow Books by Clifton Fadiman 43
The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major 49
Comfort Found in Good Old Books by George Hamlin Fitch 55
The Collector by Susan Sontag 62
Bibliomania by Gustave Flaubert 64
"All the Friedrich Nietzsche You'll Ever Need" 77
Bibliomania by Roger Rosenblatt 78
The Book Action by Solly Ganor 80
From Areopagitica by John Milton 88
Books Unread by Thomas Wentworth Higginson 89
Ten Books That Shaped the American Character by Jonathan Yardley 94
Books That Changed America by Robert B. Downs 96
The Commerce of Reading by Michel de Montaigne 98
Book Collecting by Robertson Davies 102
"Holy Cow" 110
Bibliomaniacs by John Mitchell 111
They Don't Call it a Mania for Nothing by Harold Rabinowitz 122
Bibliolexicon 134
What is the Matter With the Bookshop? by A. Edward Newton 135
"Non-Books" 147
The Memorable Books That Never Existed 148
The Last of His Race by A. Edward Newton 150
The Perfect Book by William Keddie 163
Books Are the Windows of the Soul by Henry Ward Beecher 164
How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen 165
Three by Quindlen 173
Talking of Old Books by A. S. W. Rosenbach 175
Potch by Leo Rosten 196
"Damn It! Wait Your Turn!" 205
A Good Time to Start a Book Club by Al Silverman 206
Invasion of the Book Envelopes by John Updike 217
"And to Some People We Might Not Sell It at Any Price" 220
My Friends by Petrarch 221
Norman Mailer's Ten Favorite American Novels 222
W. Somerset Maugham's Ten Greatest Novels 223
The Bible Through the Ages by Ben D. Zevin 224
Aldus Manutius by William Dana Orcutt 240
Benjamin Franklin's Epitaph 256
The Collector by William Targ 257
The Newark Public Library by Philip Roth 278
Why Does Nobody Collect Me? by Robert Benchley 281
How Not to Care for Books by Holbrook Jackson 286
On Reading and Collecting by Herbert Faulkner West 297
How to Care for Books by Estelle Ellis and Caroline Seebohm 313
Fifteen Books We Would Memorize If We Were the "Living Books" Characters in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 by The Editors 321
"I Just LIke to Be in Their Presence Occasionally" 323
100 Greatest Novels in the English Language by A. Edward Newton 325
Top 100 English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century by The Editors of the Modern Library 334
91 Chambers Street by Edward Robb Ellis 337
Bibliobibliography -- Books About Books: A Selection 343
Permission Acknowledgments 351

Edition Notes

Published in the United States by Times Books, a division of Random House, Inc. ... and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-349).

Genre Literary collections.
Copyright Date 1999


Dewey Decimal Class 028. 9 (ddc21)
Library of Congress Z1003 .P33 1999

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Pagination xxii, 355 p.; ill.
Number of pages 380
Dimensions 23.3 x 15.5 x 3.2 centimeters
Weight 544 grams

ID Numbers

Open Library OL37984M
Internet Archive passionforbooksb00rabi
ISBN 10 0812931122, 0965043077, 096504307X
ISBN 13 9780965043076
LC Control Number 99025583
OCLC/WorldCat 41076338
Library Thing 56712
Goodreads 1405566

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