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

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

Those who proportion Erasmus's love of these curious bundles of paper certain jointly among tough or smooth covers be aware of precisely how he felt. those are the folk who can spend hours shopping via a bookshop, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every thing else round them, the folks for whom paying for 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 examining, appreciating, and amassing 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 petrified 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 feet. reliable corporation for far-travelling."

Booklovers also will locate the following 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; prior 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 unique and funny lists reminiscent of the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by means of Publishers Twenty occasions or More," the good books incorporated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime examining 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 monstrous Thick excellent 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 publication care, plus publication cartoons, and a especially ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books.

Whether you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply somebody who loves to learn, A ardour for Books will give you a lifetime's worthy of interesting, informative, and satisfying 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 everybody 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 booklet the best way such a lot fathers consider approximately their daughters residing with a guy out of wedlock."

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

Robert Benchley's "Why Does no one acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first variants of books via his pal Ernest Hemingway are useful whereas his usually are not, deadpanning "I am older than Hemingway and feature written extra books than he has."

George Hamlin Fitch's terribly touching "Comfort present in reliable previous Books," at the solace he present in books after the loss of life of his son.

A choice from Anna Quindlen's How examining 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 those that gather them simply because they love books, eventually making it transparent that is "the collector who relatively matters."

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Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht: The Story of a Friendship

By Erdmut Wizisla

Erdmut Wizisla’s groundbreaking paintings explores for the 1st time the $64000 friendship among Walter Benjamin, the acclaimed critic and literary theorist, and Bertolt Brecht, one of many 20th century’s so much influential theater artists and poets, throughout the the most important interwar years in Berlin.


From the 1st assembly among Benjamin and Brecht to their studies in exile, the occasions during this friendship are illuminated via own correspondence, magazine entries, and notes—including formerly unpublished materials—from the chums’ electrical discussions of shared tasks. as well as exploring correspondence among the 2, Wizisla provides files through colleagues who formed and shaded their dating, together with Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno, and Hannah Arendt.


Wizisla indicates us the interesting ideological exchanges among Benjamin and Brecht, together with the 1st account of Berlin Marxist magazine deliberate for 1931. The mins of its conferences checklist the involvement of Benjamin and Brecht, and supply a window onto the discussions on literature and politics that came about below the expanding probability of the German left’s political defeat. Wizisla’s exam of the friendship among Benjamin and Brecht, artists on the top in their inventive powers in the course of a time of significant political challenge, throws gentle on approximately twenty years of eu highbrow life.

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Still Songs: Music In and Around the Poetry of Paul Celan

By Axel Englund

What does it suggest for poetry and song to show to one another, within the shadow of the Holocaust, as a way of aesthetic self-reflection? How can their mutual mirroring, of such paramount value to German Romanticism, be reconfigured to continue its validity after the second one global conflict? those are the center questions of Axel Englund's e-book, that is the 1st to handle the subject of Paul Celan and tune. Celan, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who has lengthy been well-known as the most very important poets of the German language, over and over evoked track and tune in his oeuvre, from the juvenilia to the posthumous collections. Conversely, few post-war writers have encouraged as huge a physique of up to date tune, together with works by means of Harrison Birtwistle, Gyorgy Kurtag, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and so forth. via wealthy shut readings of poems and musical compositions, Englund's booklet engages the creative media in a severe discussion in regards to the stipulations in their lifestyles. In so doing, it unearths their intersection as a website of profound clash, the place the very probability of musical and poetic that means is at stake, and confrontations of aesthetic transcendentality and ancient remembrance are performed out within the wake of twentieth-century trauma.

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Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Cultural Memory in the Present)

By Michael Rothberg

Multidirectional Memory brings jointly Holocaust experiences and postcolonial stories for the 1st time. utilizing a comparative and interdisciplinary technique, the ebook makes a twofold argument approximately Holocaust reminiscence in an international age by way of situating it within the unforeseen context of decolonization. at the one hand, it demonstrates how the Holocaust has enabled the articulation of different histories of victimization while that it's been declared "unique" between human-perpetrated horrors. at the different, it uncovers the extra unbelievable and rarely stated proven fact that public reminiscence of the Holocaust emerged partly because of postwar occasions that appear initially to have little to do with it. particularly, Multidirectional Memory highlights how ongoing strategies of decolonization and events for civil rights within the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the USA, and in different places abruptly galvanized reminiscence of the Holocaust.

Rothberg engages with either recognized and non-canonical intellectuals, writers, and filmmakers, together with Hannah Arendt, goalé Césaire, Charlotte Delbo, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marguerite Duras, Michael Haneke, Jean Rouch, and William Gardner Smith.

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Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism

By Dorri Beam

Traditional histories of the yank transcendentalist flow start in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s phrases: describing a rejection of faculty books and church pulpits in prefer of the person energy of “Man Thinking.” This essay assortment asks how girls who lacked the privileges of either collage and clergy rose to inspiration. For them, interpreting on my own and speaking jointly have been the first technique of development, unavoidably in deepest and casual areas either overlapping with these of the lads and except them. yet those have been skill to attaining literary, aesthetic, and political authority― certainly, to claiming utopian chance for ladies as a whole.

Toward a feminine family tree of Transcendentalism is a venture of either archaeology and reinterpretation. a lot of its seventeen amazing and emerging students paintings from newly recovered data, and all supply clean readings of understudied themes and texts. First quickened through the 2010 bicentennial of Margaret Fuller’s start, the venture reaches past Fuller to her lady predecessors, contemporaries, and successors through the 19th century who contributed to or grew from the transcendentalist movement.

Geographic scope additionally widens―from the hot England base to nationwide and transatlantic spheres. A shared objective is to appreciate this “genealogy” inside a bigger background of yank ladies writers; no absolute obstacles divide idealism from sentiment, romantics from realists, or white discourse from black. Primary-text interludes invite readers into the continued job of researching and examining transcendentally affiliated girls. This assortment acknowledges the colourful contributions girls made to a huge literary move and should attract either students and common readers.

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Another Phenomenology of Humanity: A Reading of A Dream of Red Mansions

Another Phenomenology of Humanity: A examining of A Dream of purple Mansions is dedicated to constructing one other model of phenomenology of humanity—human nature, human tendencies and human desires—by taking A Dream of crimson Mansions, the crown jewel of chinese language tradition, as its major literary paradigm of representation. The model of phenomenology of humanity at factor is a synthesis of the Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist and Western existentialist phenomenological debts of humanity—for instance, what's humanity, what make people as human, human nature, human emotions, human wishes, 3 center human existential pursuits, and 4 simple difficulties of human life.

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The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick

By James Burton

The Philosophy of technological know-how Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip okay. Dick explores the deep affinity among possible relatively varied thinkers, of their makes an attempt to handle the necessity for salvation in (and from) an period of sped up mechanization, during which humans' skill for destroying or subjugating the dwelling has attained a planetary scale. The thinker and the technology fiction author come jointly to fulfill the contradictory imperatives of a realist outlook-a activity which, arguably, philosophy and technology fiction may perhaps in basic terms ever effectively adopt in collaboration. Their respective ways meet in a spotlight at the ambiguous prestige of fictionalizing, or fabulation, as concurrently certainly one of mechanization's so much devastating instruments, and the potential of its undoing. after they are learn jointly, the complexities and paradoxes thrown up via this ambiguity, with which either Bergson and Dick fight on their lonesome, open up new how you can navigate rules of mechanism and mysticism, immanence and transcendence, and the chance and that means of salvation. the result's instantaneously an unique analyzing of either thinkers, a brand new severe conception of the sociocultural, political and moral functionality of fictionalizing, and a case examine within the unusual affinity, from time to time the uncanny similarity, among philosophy and technological know-how fiction.

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Renascent Joyce (Florida James Joyce)

"A quantity of contributions which are always, unfailingly illuminating examples of in depth scholarship and superb criticism."--Morris Beja, Ohio nation University

Revival, reinvention, and regeneration: the concept that of renascence pervades Joyce’s paintings during the inescapable presence of his literary forebears. via again and again reexamining culture, reinterpreting his literary background in gentle of the current, and translating and re-translating from one approach of symptoms to a different, Joyce indicates the spirit of the best of Renaissance writers and artists.
In truth, his writing derives a few of its most crucial features from Renaissance authors, as this choice of essays indicates. notwithstanding serious paintings has frequently excited about Joyce's courting to medieval thinkers like Thomas Aquinas and Dante, Renascent Joyce examines Joyce's connection to the Renaissance in such figures as Shakespeare, Rabelais, and Bruno.
Joyce's personal writing can itself be seen throughout the rubric of renascence with the instruments of genetic feedback and the numerous insights afforded by way of the interpretation technique. a number of essays during this quantity study this broader notion, investigating the rebirth and reinterpretation of Joyce's texts. themes comprise literary historiography, Joyce's early twentieth-century French cultural contexts, and the French translation of Ulysses. conscious of the present country of Joyce reviews, the writers of those broadly researched essays examine the Renaissance spirit in Joyce to provide a quantity right away traditionally educated and innovative.

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Behind the Looking Glass

By Sherry L. Ackerman

Behind the taking a look Glass bargains a clean standpoint within the ongoing, modern deconstruction of the Carroll fable. via rigorous exam of various myths which have been hitherto unquestioned, Ackerman skillfully positions Lewis Carroll within the theological and philosophical contexts of his time. She uncovers a Carroll whose radical religio-philosophical counter-response to patriarchal materialism moved his highbrow trip, deliberately or in a different way, deep into the waters of mysticism. identical to Carroll as a dreary Victorian conservative provides option to that of a guy with vast highbrow parameters, an inquiring brain and ambitious, far-sighted imaginative and prescient.

Behind the having a look Glass demonstrates how 19th century currents of spiritualism, theosophy and occult philosophy co-mingled with Carroll s curiosity in revived Platonism and Neoplatonism, showcasing the Alice and Sylvie and Bruno books as certain issues of conjunction among Carroll s mind and spirituality. The scholarship during this paintings, whereas rigorous, is softly combined with the type of educational frivolity that Carroll himself may need loved. Ackerman exposes a Carroll who, having misplaced trust within the theological and mythological grasp plots of previous eras, grew to become towards the ingenious fiction of wonderlands rife with philosophical content material based on his instinctive starvation for cosmic coherence and existential order.

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Headaches Among the Overtones: Music in Beckett / Beckett in Music (Faux Titre, Volume 391)

By Catherine Laws

Samuel Beckett produced essentially the most strong writing – a number of the funniest yet so much devastating – of the 20th century. He defined his performs, prose and poetry as ‘an pointless stain at the silence’, however the notable blend of concision and richness in his writing stems from his atypical sensitivity to the sounds and rhythms of phrases. additionally, track varieties part of Beckett’s comedian aesthetics of failure: it performs a task in his exploration of the chances and screw ups of the mind's eye, and the ever-failing try and forge a feeling of self.
No ask yourself, then, that such a lot of composers have taken thought from Beckett, atmosphere his phrases to track or translating into tune the dramatic subject matters or contexts of his work.

Headaches one of the Overtones considers either tune in Beckett and Beckett’s value in modern tune. In doing so, it explores the connection among phrases, track and that means, studying how related philosophical issues and creative results seem in literature and song of the 20th and twenty-first centuries.

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