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Shelf life : writers on books and reading / Alex Johnson.

By: Johnson, Alex, 1969-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : British Library, 2018Description: 162 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780712352864; 0712352864.Subject(s): Books and reading -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 306.4 Summary: "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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Books: 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. The many facets of book-mania are pondered and celebrated with both sincerity and irreverence in this lively selection of essays, poems, lectures, and commentaries ranging from the 16th to the 20th century.

"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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • The Enemies of Books William Blades (1881) (p. 5)
  • Should children be allowed near your shelves?
  • Unpacking My Library Walter Benjamin (1931) (p. 11)
  • The joys of book collecting and our relationship with books
  • A Lesson in Fiction Stephen Leacock (1910) (p. 27)
  • Witty Q&A guide to the modern novel
  • Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading Charles Lamb (1822)
  • The decorum of reading, books' appearances, and outdoor vs indoor reading
  • Books for Holidays in the Open Theodore Roosevelt (1916) (p. 51)
  • What a US President packs for alfresco reading
  • Bibliomania John Ferriar (1809) (p. 67)
  • A poem about the delights (and dangers) of enjoying the printed word
  • The Uses of Reading Rudyard Kipling (1912) (p. 79)
  • Why books are necessary for leading a good life
  • On Books and Reading Arthur Schopenhauer (1851) (p. 105)
  • How and who not to read
  • On Books and the Housing of Them W.E. Gladstone (1890) (p. 121)
  • Prime Ministerial advice on how to store one's library properly
  • Of Studies Francis Bacon (1601) (p. 149)
  • Being an explanation of the ways in which books maketh man
  • On Destroying Books J.C. Squire (1919) (p. 155)
  • An extreme way to downsize your library