Literary Criticism

A Splendor of Letters

The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780060580803

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

View: 355

In A Splendor of Letters, Nicholas A. Basbanes continues the lively, richly anecdotal exploration of book people, places, and culture he began in 1995 with A Gentle Madness (a finalist that year for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and expanded in 2001 with Patience & Fortitude, a companion work that prompted the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer David McCullough to proclaim him "the leading authority of books about books." In this beautifully packaged edition, Basbanes brings to a close his wonderful trilogy on the remarkable world of books and bibliophiles.

A World of Letters

Yale University Press, 1908-2008

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Publisher: N.A


Category: Education

Page: 222

View: 6287

The story of a distinguished university press in its first one hundred years tells a greater tale of a century's intellectual activity. Yale University Press has published more than eight thousand volumes through the years, scores of best sellers and award-winners among them, and these books have come to be through the efforts of a host of colorful authors, editiors, directors, board members, and others of intellectual and literary renown.
Literary Criticism

A Gentle Madness

Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780805061765

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 672

View: 3174

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.
Antiques & Collectibles

Among the Gently Mad

Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the 21st Century

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805074413

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 250

View: 5793

Offers a field guide to modern book collectors that covers both traditional and electronic methods of acquisition, discussing such topics as how to spot first or book club editions, working a book fair, dust jackets, and book handling. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Literary Criticism

Every Book Its Reader

The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060593245

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 5946

Inspired by a landmark exhibition mounted by the British Museum in 1963 to celebrate five eventful centuries of the printed word, Nicholas A. Basbanes offers a lively consideration of writings that have "made things happen" in the world, works that have both nudged the course of history and fired the imagination of countless influential people. In his fifth work to examine a specific aspect of book culture, Basbanes also asks what we can know about such figures as John Milton, Edward Gibbon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Adams, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Henry James, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller––even the notorious Marquis de Sade and Adolf Hitler––by knowing what they have read. He shows how books that many of these people have consulted, in some cases annotated with their marginal notes, can offer tantalizing clues to the evolution of their character and the development of their thought.
Antiques & Collectibles

On Paper

The Everything of Its Two-thousand-year History

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307279642

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 430

View: 2619

Presents a history of paper that traces its invention in China 1,800 years ago through its myriad applications in business, trade, and culture to illuminate paper's crucial role in political scandals, laws, and significant events.

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow

A Novel of Marie Antoinette

Author: Juliet Grey

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345523881

Category: Fiction

Page: 427

View: 6230

A captivating Parisian novel of rich spectacle and royal scandal that spans 15 years in the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette, France's most legendary and notorious queen.
Juvenile Fiction

The Splendor Falls

Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 0385736916

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 517

View: 7202

The dark secrets linking two Alabama families and their Welsh ancestors slowly come to light when Sylvie, whose ballet career has come to a sudden end, spends a month with a cousin she barely knows in her father's ancestral home.

The Splendor of Truth

Author: Pope John Paul II

Publisher: USCCB Publishing

ISBN: 9781555866792

Category: Religion

Page: 179

View: 808

Pope John Paul II proclaims a sense of urgency in challenging moral darkness with the light of truth.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Double Fold

Libraries and the Assault on Paper

Author: Nicholson Baker

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1400033047

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

View: 8179

The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country’s libraries–including the Library of Congress–have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds of thousands of historic newspapers and replacing them with microfilm copies that are difficult to read, lack all the color and quality of the original paper and illustrations, and deteriorate with age. With meticulous detective work and Baker’s well-known explanatory power, Double Fold reveals a secret history of microfilm lobbyists, former CIA agents, and warehouses where priceless archives are destroyed with a machine called a guillotine. Baker argues passionately for preservation, even cashing in his own retirement account to save one important archive–all twenty tons of it. Written the brilliant narrative style that Nicholson Baker fans have come to expect, Double Fold is a persuasive and often devastating book that may turn out to be The Jungle of the American library system. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Literary Collections

Letters on Cézanne

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 1466807253

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 112

View: 5516

Rilke's prayerful responses to the french master's beseeching art For a long time nothing, and then suddenly one has the right eyes. Virtually every day in the fall of 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke returned to a Paris gallery to view a Cezanne exhibition. Nearly as frequently, he wrote dense and joyful letters to his wife, Clara Westhoff, expressing his dismay before the paintings and his ensuing revelations about art and life. Rilke was knowledgeable about art and had even published monographs, including a famous study of Rodin that inspired his New Poems. But Cezanne's impact on him could not be conveyed in a traditional essay. Rilke's sense of kinship with Cezanne provides a powerful and prescient undercurrent in these letters -- passages from them appear verbatim in Rilke's great modernist novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Letters on Cezanne is a collection of meaningfully private responses to a radically new art.

The Caliph's Splendor

Islam and the West in the Golden Age of Baghdad

Author: Benson Bobrick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416567623

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 3338

Traces the story of the celebrated late-eighth and early ninth caliph from The Thousand and One Nights against a backdrop of Baghdad's cosmopolitan culture and its complex influence on the Byzantine Empire and Frankish kingdom of Charlemagne. By the award-winning author of Wide as the Waters. 35,000 first printing.


Author: Richard Stern,Ingrid Rowland

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810151480

Category: Fiction

Page: 205

View: 9784

A group of Americans in Venice encounter an Ezra-Pound-like sculptor.

Sacred Calligraphy of the East

Author: John Stevens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781626549944

Category: Art

Page: 218

View: 9205

Throughout the East, writing is held to be a gift from the gods, and the divinely inspired letters and characters are objects of the highest veneration. The religious significance of calligraphy has thus led to a unique development of the art of brush and ink in Japan, China, India, and Tibet. This beautifully illustrated book covers such topics as the history and spirit of Eastern calligraphy, the art of copying religious texts, the biographies of important Zen calligraphers, and practical instructions on materials and techniques for the contemporary student. No knowledge of the languages discussed is required for the reader to appreciate the study of this ancient practice. John Stevens lived in Japan for thirty-five years, where he was a professor of Buddhist studies at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai. Stevens is a widely respected translator, an ordained Buddhist priest, a curator of several major exhibitions of Zen art, and an aikido instructor. He has authored over thirty books and is one of the foremost Western experts on Aikido, holding a ranking of 7th dan Aikikai. Stevens has also studied calligraphy for decades, authoring this classic "Sacred Calligraphy of the East." Other John Stevens titles that are likely to be of interest include "The Philosophy of Aikido, Extraordinary Zen Masters, " and "The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei."
Biography & Autobiography

Nicholas and Alexandra

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Author: Robert K. Massie

Publisher: Modern Library (Hardcover)

ISBN: 0679645616

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 639

View: 5083

Originally published: United States: Atheneum, 1967.
Antiques & Collectibles

Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds

Author: Paul Atterbury,Marc Allum

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008267650

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 320

View: 1603

A collection of the timeless, the priceless and the unforgettable, this beautiful compendium accompanies the beloved BBC One TV series.
Foreign Language Study

Letters of fire

mystical insights into the Hebrew language

Author: Matityahu Glazerson

Publisher: Feldheim Pub


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 278

View: 8131


Texas Splendor

Author: Bobbi Smith

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 1420101803

Category: Fiction

Page: 478

View: 2354

Gorgeous Trista Sinclair is indignant when she faces her Comanche abductor, the half-breed warrior Lance Barrett, but is soon overcome by a fierce attraction to him.

The Warrior

A Mother's Story of a Son at War

Author: Frances Richey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101024690

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 890

A "heart-rending"(Anna Quindlen, Newsweek) memoir-in-verse that speaks to a mother's love for her son When Frances Richey's only child, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret, went on the first of his two deployments to Iraq, she began to write the twenty-eight unflinching poems that make up The Warrior. This urgent and intensely personal collection describes the world of those who wait while their loved ones are in combat or perilous situations; it is universal in its expression of the longing, anguish, love, and hope that constitute close relationships.

Coast of Dreams

Author: Kevin Starr

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307795268

Category: History

Page: 800

View: 8467

In this extraordinary book, Kevin Starr–widely acknowledged as the premier historian of California, the scope of whose scholarship the Atlantic Monthly has called “breathtaking”–probes the possible collapse of the California dream in the years 1990—2003. In a series of compelling chapters, Coast of Dreams moves through a variety of topics that show the California of the last decade, when the state was sometimes stumbling, sometimes humbled, but, more often, flourishing with its usual panache. From gang violence in Los Angeles to the spectacular rise–and equally spectacular fall–of Silicon Valley, from the Northridge earthquake to the recall of Governor Gray Davis, Starr ranges over myriad facts, anecdotes, news stories, personal impressions, and analyses to explore a time of unprecedented upheaval in California. Coast of Dreams describes an exceptional diversity of people, cultures, and values; an economy that mirrors the economic state of the nation; a battlefield where industry and the necessities of infrastructure collide with the inherent demands of a unique and stunning natural environment. It explores California politics (including Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election in the 2003 recall), the multifaceted business landscape, and controversial icons such as O. J. Simpson. “Historians of the future,” Starr writes, “will be able to see with more certainty whether or not the period 1990-2003 was not only the end of one California but the beginning of another”; in the meantime, he gives a picture of the place and time in a book at once sweeping and riveting in its details, deeply informed, engagingly personal, and altogether fascinating. From the Hardcover edition.