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Shelf life : writers on books and reading

Author: Alex Johnson
Publisher: London : British Library Publishing, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Without answering in detail, I shall assume that the book-buyer is a book-lover, that his love is a tenacious, not a transitory love, and that for him the question is how best to keep his books."--W.E. GladstoneBooks; reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy - and stress - for centuries. Fascinated writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form with our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Johnson
ISBN: 9780712352864 0712352864
OCLC Number: 1063676229
Description: 1 volume ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Alex Johnson.

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"Without answering in detail, I shall assume that the book-buyer is a book-lover, that his love is a tenacious, not a transitory love, and that for him the question is how best to keep his books."--W.E. GladstoneBooks; reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy - and stress - for centuries. Fascinated writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form with our library, and the desperate troubles we will undergo to preserve it. With Alex Johnson as your guide, immerse yourself in this eclectic anthology and hear from an iconic Prime Minister musing over the best way to store your books and an illustrious US President explaining the best works to read outdoors. Enjoy serious speculations on the psychological implications of reading from a 19th century philosopher, and less serious ones concerning the predicament of dispensing with unwanted volumes or the danger of letting children (the 'enemies of books') near your collection.

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