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A Passion for Books - Dale Salwak

A Passion for Books

By: Dale Salwak (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 23rd April 1999
ISBN: 9780333714485
Number Of Pages: 208

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Leading writers and critics, inlcuding Margaret Drabble, Alan Sillitoe and Ferdinand Mount, share their passion for books and the joys of reading in an inspiring collection of essays and writings. A Passion for Books is both a celebration of the value and importance of reading and a spirited defence against the many gloomy voices in our so-called electronic age who say the book will soon be obsolete. This book, itself a joy to read, is written for anyone who cares at all about the past and future of books and reading.

Industry Reviews

"Good browsing material and a terrific source for anyone called upon to pontificate about books and reading." - Booklist

"Book enthusiasts will find this collection... both familiar and reassuring, while younger readers will find much here to inspire them to pursue what could become a lifelong passion for the printed word." - Kirkus Reviews

Notes on the Contributors
Contemporary Trends
The Pleasures of Readingp. 3
Other Worlds to Inhabitp. 21
Casaubon's Syndrome, or Reader Rampantp. 33
Books in My Lifep. 47
Books of Our Own
Hooked ...p. 65
Mountains and Cavernsp. 69
Obsessed by Thomas Mannp. 77
Encountering Philip Larkinp. 87
Devouring of the Printed Pagep. 99
Discovering Jane Eyrep. 107
The Radiant Way and Afterp. 115
Reading My Fatherp. 123
Into Terra Nova: A Crossing with Booksp. 127
Sine Qua Nonp. 137
The Performer and the Readerp. 145
Future Concerns
Literature without Books?p. 155
The Sad Demise of the Personal Libraryp. 163
The Future of the Academic Bookp. 167
The End of the Book? Some Perspectives on Media Changep. 181
Related Worksp. 199
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780333714485
ISBN-10: 0333714482
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 23rd April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1