The Reading of Books

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In the third of his delectable books on books, Holbrook Jackson focuses on the relationship between author and reader, describing reading as "the art of extracting essences from books for our own, not the author's benefit." Books are to be considered not solely as works of art but as one of the means of the art of living.

Defining "bookmanship" as the art of adjusting literature to life, Jackson describes reading as a courtship ending in a collaboration. Attentive readers enter ...

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Overview

In the third of his delectable books on books, Holbrook Jackson focuses on the relationship between author and reader, describing reading as "the art of extracting essences from books for our own, not the author's benefit." Books are to be considered not solely as works of art but as one of the means of the art of living.

Defining "bookmanship" as the art of adjusting literature to life, Jackson describes reading as a courtship ending in a collaboration. Attentive readers enter into a creative process with their books, integrating the writer's aesthetic observations and designs into their own experiences. Through this exquisite synthesis, books give pleasure by deepening and refining readers' sensibilities and extending the boundaries of their lives.

As Jackson says, reading is not a duty, and if it is not a pleasure it is a waste of time. Entertaining as well as instructive, his "books on books" provide inveterate readers with all things needful: vindication, inspiration, cogitation, and delectation.

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A British "bookman," Jackson (1874-1948) here offers historical and cultural paeans to the book and to reading. The love of books is something nearly universal, though books have been reviled by certain cultures. Mostly, Jackson was a book nut who shared his love for the printed word, which, of course, includes libraries. These volumes were originally published in 1950, 1932, and 1947, respectively. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252070419
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
I The Reader as Artist 13
II How to Read Books 42
III Readers and Critics 53
IV Interaction of Author and Reader 71
V Observation and Reading 82
VI Listening to Literature 110
VII Getting Behind the Words 122
VIII The Ego and His Books 150
IX The Cult of Ambiguity 164
X Writing in Disguise 182
XI Self-Seeking in Fiction 208
XII Books as Intoxicants 236
XIII The Intellectual Comedy 249
Conclusion 263
Notes 269
Index 285
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