Literary Criticism

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 not easy or delicate covers recognize precisely how he felt. those are the folks who can spend hours searching via a book place, thoroughly oblivious not just to the passage of time yet to every little thing else round them, the folks for whom procuring 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 interpreting, appreciating, and accumulating 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 scared 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. sturdy corporation for far-travelling."

Booklovers also will locate the following a variety 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 wonderful and funny lists comparable to the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by means of Publishers Twenty occasions or More," the nice books integrated in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime studying 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 huge Thick extraordinary Books which may Take You a complete summer season to learn (but Aren't seashore Books)."

Rounding out the anthology are choices on bookstores, booklet golf equipment, and publication care, plus ebook cartoons, and a specifically ready "Bibliobibliography" of books approximately books.

Whether you think about your self a bibliomaniac or simply a person who loves to learn, a fondness for Books gives you a lifetime's worthy of pleasing, 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 every person with a large library is necessarily requested: "Have you learn most of these books?"

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

Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the vintage story of a booklet collector so enthusiastic about possessing a ebook 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 might live to tell the tale "intact" after his demise.

Robert Benchley's "Why Does not anyone acquire Me"--in which he wonders why first variants of books via his pal Ernest Hemingway are necessary whereas his will not be, 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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This comes from a man who knew greatly how to see things and how to be surprised by them. Why does the recognition scene in the plays of Menander, Plautus and Terence take place in the last act, when the spectators have already had a presentiment by then of the blood relationship binding the antagonists, and when the author himself often notifies us of it in advance in the prologue? Why is it that in dance a partner requests "the pleasure of the next dance" even after the woman had already tacitly accepted it?

The worms are on their way to sharpen the pin, and so on. The goat is foraging for a blade of grass. Similarly, that which is designated in prose by an "A" is expressed in art by means of an " A( I) A" (for example, a tautology) or by means of an A A( 1) (for example, psychological parallelism). This is the foundation of all technical devices. In accordance with this, if the realization of a certain task demands a degree of effort equal to A( n), then it would take the form of A(n—2), A(n—1), A(n).

The Old Man") based on the depiction of a simple, non-emotional attitude towards death as experienced by a French peasant. It appears that the story is based on a simple description of everyday reality. On the contrary! The whole story achieves its effect by presupposing a reader from a different milieu with a very different attitude towards death. The same technique is found in >lThe Return": a husband returns home after a shipwreck. He discovers that his wife has remarried. The two husbands drink wine amicably.

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