9780756753399

A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books

Basbanes, Nicholas A.

ISBN 10: 0756753392 / 0-7567-5339-2
ISBN 13: 9780756753399
Publisher: Diane Pub Co
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
The passion to possess books has never been more widespread than it is today; indeed, obsessive book collecting remains the only hobby to have a disease named after it. A Gentle Madness, finalist for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle award, is an adventure among the afflicted. Richly anecdotal and fully documented, it combines the perspective of historical research with the immediacy of investigative journalism. Above all, it is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries.

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What a delightful book about books and people who love books! As a second generation bibliophile, a possible bibliomane who had several people move out of my house a year ago because they erroneously believed that my books were taking over the household, and a devout employee of "Earth's Biggest Bookstore," I can vouch that Basbanes accurately describes the glorious role of book collectors as archivists of human knowledge, and -- in continual counterpoint -- sometimes pathologically obsessed book junkies.

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A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books (ISBN: 0756753392 / 0-7567-5339-2)
Basbanes, Nicholas A.
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