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

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ISBN13: 9780805061765
ISBN10: 0805061762
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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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"Anecdotes and insights on book collecting and appreciation make for a fine collection of stories on collecting. Authors, book authorities, builders of special collections, and biographical sketches of bibliophiles contribute to an excellent discourse on book passions and literary loves." Midwest Book Review

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"A Gentle Madness is an impressive achievement in its compilation of vast information, as well as being instructive and interesting. It is compulsory for anyone seriously interested in books or curious about the manic nature of collecting." Philip Kopper, The New York Times Book Review

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"Nicholas A. Basbanes has compiled a wonderful gallery of eccentrics, isolatos, charmers and visionaries...an ingratiating and altogether enjoyable book." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

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"For all those who love books, but especially for those who love to own books, A Gentle Madness is a giant treasure chest, stuffed full of delightful anecdotes and delicious information, narrated with style, affection, and sometimes breathtaking drama." Thomas Cahill

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"This is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable book. Nick Basbanes makes you love books, and the collectors he writes about, and the volume in your hands." Scott Turow

Synopsis:

Richly anecdotal and fully documented, "A Gentle Madness" is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries. of photos.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 575-612) and index.

About the Author

Nicholas A. Basbanes, former literary editor for the Worcester Sunday Telegram, is now a nationally syndicated book columnist. He lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

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WY, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by WY)
I love this book because it reassures me my madness is not only normal, it's good! Nicholas Basbanes brings up so many great examples of book collecting that I feel the need to catch up. Now I have a great reason to increase my book collecting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805061765
Subtitle:
Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
Author:
Basbanes, Nicholas A.
Author:
Basbanes, Nicholas A.
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Book collecting
Subject:
Bibliomania
Subject:
Books
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owl books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1167
Publication Date:
19990315
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.69 in

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Product details 672 pages Owl Publishing Company - English 9780805061765 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Anecdotes and insights on book collecting and appreciation make for a fine collection of stories on collecting. Authors, book authorities, builders of special collections, and biographical sketches of bibliophiles contribute to an excellent discourse on book passions and literary loves."
"Review" by , "A Gentle Madness is an impressive achievement in its compilation of vast information, as well as being instructive and interesting. It is compulsory for anyone seriously interested in books or curious about the manic nature of collecting."
"Review" by , "Nicholas A. Basbanes has compiled a wonderful gallery of eccentrics, isolatos, charmers and visionaries...an ingratiating and altogether enjoyable book."
"Review" by , "For all those who love books, but especially for those who love to own books, A Gentle Madness is a giant treasure chest, stuffed full of delightful anecdotes and delicious information, narrated with style, affection, and sometimes breathtaking drama."
"Review" by , "This is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable book. Nick Basbanes makes you love books, and the collectors he writes about, and the volume in your hands."
"Synopsis" by , Richly anecdotal and fully documented, "A Gentle Madness" is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries. of photos.
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