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"When i've got a bit cash, 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 certain jointly among not easy or tender covers be aware of precisely how he felt. those are the folk who can spend hours searching via a book shop, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every little 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 suite of sixty vintage and modern essays, tales, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons at the joys of studying, 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. reliable 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.

Here are also unique and funny lists akin to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by way of Publishers Twenty occasions or More," the good books integrated 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 vast Thick great Books which may Take You an entire summer time to learn (but Aren't seashore Books)."

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

Whether you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply somebody who loves to learn, a fondness for Books will give you a lifetime's worthy of exciting, informative, and enjoyable 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 each person with a large library is necessarily requested: "Have you learn these kinds of books?"

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

Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a e-book collector so enthusiastic about possessing a ebook that he's keen 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 might live on "intact" after his demise.

Robert Benchley's "Why Does no one gather Me"--in which he wonders why first variants of books by way of his good friend 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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But they can also, of course, be used to describe both the author and the authority of any literary text, a point Hopkins's sexual/aesthetic theory seems to have been designed to elaborate. Indeed, Said himself later observes that a convention of most literary texts is "that the unity or integrity of the text is maintained by a series of genealogical connections: author-text, beginning-middle-end, text-meaning, reader-interpretation, and so on. Underneathall theseis the imageryof succession,of paternity, or hierarchy" (italics ours).

The world in which The Madwoman now moves, moreover, is virtually new-and to go on being paradoxical, I mean the word virtually quite literally. For what has been labeled the Information Revolution fostered by the lightning rise of computer technologies will no doubt bring with it changes as enormous as those associated with the Industrial Revolution that marked the century in which she was born. What, after all, will become of those enti- xl Introduction ties quaintly known as "books" in the imminent, hypertextually hypersophisticated millennium?

235. 6 See Gayle Rubin's "The Traffic in Women: Notes on the 'Political Economy' of Sex," in Rayna R. , Toward an Anthropology of Women (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1975), pp. 157-210. 7 See Rich's influential "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence," in Catharine R. , Women, Sex, and Sexuality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 60-9l. , The Feminist Reader: Essays in Gender and the Politics of Literary Criticism (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1989), pp. 175-96. 9 Among others, Annette Kolodny and Judith Fetterley also produced important early texts in American Studies, while Susan jeffords, janice Radway, Cecilia Tichi, Valerie Smith, Ann duCille, Robyn Wiegman, and Nellie McKay are only a sample of the those who have published significant later feminist studies of American culture.

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