Packing My Library

Author: Alberto Manguel

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300219334

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 146

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Packing My Library

Author: Alberto Manguel

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300235496

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France’s Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Packing up his enormous, 35,000†‘volume personal library, choosing which books to keep, store, or cast out, Manguel found himself in deep reverie on the nature of relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading. In this poignant and personal reevaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the highly personal art of reading and affirms the vital role of public libraries. Manguel’s musings range widely, from delightful reflections on the idiosyncrasies of book lovers to deeper analyses of historic and catastrophic book events, including the burning of ancient Alexandria’s library and contemporary library lootings at the hands of ISIS. With insight and passion, the author underscores the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized, and engaged society.

Unpacking the Personal Library

Author: Jason Camlot,J.A. Weingarten

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1771124644

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Unpacking the Personal Library: The Public and Private Life of Books is an edited collection of essays that ponders the cultural meaning and significance of private book collections in relation to public libraries. Contributors explore libraries at particular moments in their history across a wide range of cases, and includes Alberto Manguel’s account of the Library of Alexandria as well as chapters on library collecting in the middle ages, the libraries of prime ministers and foreign embassies, protest libraries and the slow transformation of university libraries, and the stories of the personal libraries of Virginia Woolf, Robert Duncan, Sheila Watson, Al Purdy and others. The book shows how the history of the library is really a history of collection, consolidation, migration, dispersal, and integration, where each story negotiates private and public spaces. Unpacking the Personal Library builds on and interrogates theories and approaches from library and archive studies, the history of the book, reading, authorship and publishing. Collectively, the chapters articulate a critical poetics of the personal library within its extended social, aesthetic and cultural contexts.

Burning Books

Author: M. Fishburn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230583660

Category: History

Page: 221

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This provocative new work examines the years between the Nazi book fires and the publication of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (1953), a period when book burning captured the popular imagination. It explores how embedded the myths of book burning have become in our cultural history, and illustrates the enduring appeal of a great cleansing bonfire.

A Return

Author: Alberto Manguel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781988254760

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

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Every exile is offset by a return, or at least the possibility of a return. N.A. Fabris's return to his home town brings him face to face with a reality that owes its existence to both recent history and his memory of disappeared friends, altered landscapes, secret nightmares and a woman he once loved.