RDS Library & Archives

Johnson, Alex, 1969-

Shelf life : writers on books and reading / Alex Johnson. - 162 p. ; 20 cm

The Enemies of Books by William Blades (1881) Unpacking my library by Walter Benjamin (1931) A Lesson in Fiction by Stephen Leacock (1910) Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading by Charles Lamb (1822) Books for Holidays in the Open by Theodore Roosevelt (1916) Bibliomania by John Ferriar (1809) The Uses of Reading by Rudyard Kipling (1912) On Reading and Books by Arthur Schopenhauer (1851) On books and the housing of them by W.E. Gladstone (1890) Of Studies by Francis Bacon (1601) On Destroying Books (1919)

Books - reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy - and stress - for centuries. Countless writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form with our library, and the troubles we will undergo to preserve them. Shelf life brings together the thoughts of literary greats on the subject of books and reading over the last 400 years. Book cover.

9780712352864 (pbk.) : £10.00

GBB8F8221 bnb

019031742 Uk

Books and reading--Social aspects.


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