Where Books Fall Open: A Readers Anthology of Wit and Passion: A Reader's Anthology of Wit and Passion

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This is a book about books, about the pleasures, passions, and rewards of reading, about authors dedicated to writing and readers who delight in words in the right order. It contains a rich selection devoted to this seductive subject, from Calvino's meditation on selecting a title in a bookstore to Woolf's essays on the joys of the common reader, from Schwartz's Ruined by Reading to Eco's How to Organize a Public Library. The book is illuminated by sixteen full-color paintings by Bascove, who here serves as ...
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Overview

This is a book about books, about the pleasures, passions, and rewards of reading, about authors dedicated to writing and readers who delight in words in the right order. It contains a rich selection devoted to this seductive subject, from Calvino's meditation on selecting a title in a bookstore to Woolf's essays on the joys of the common reader, from Schwartz's Ruined by Reading to Eco's How to Organize a Public Library. The book is illuminated by sixteen full-color paintings by Bascove, who here serves as editor, illustrator, and primum mobile. Produced to the highest standards, it is not only a gift for the literary, but also an inducement to the diffident.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567922516
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler 3
Ruined by Reading 5
Summertime and the Reading Is Heavey 6
Reading Something in the Restaurant 12
Listening to the Radio 14
Reading Goals 15
The Pleasures of Reading 17
The Library in the Garret 18
The Back Bedroom 19
How to Organize a Public Library 21
Ethereal Mildness 24
Books Are for Reading 28
Never Do That to a Book 30
Poem White Page White Page Poem 37
Purity 38
The Joy of Writing 40
The Poet 42
Afternoon in the House 43
The Notebooks of Maulte Laurids Brigge 44
Seeds of Poetry 46
English B 47
Opportunities in Poetry 49
Word 50
Word Music 51
This Monkey, My Back 53
If I Die Solvent 55
Poetry's Value 56
My Curtains: Snowbound from Having a Baby, Finishing a Book 57
The Poet 59
An Old Prayer 60
Psalm to Snake 61
A Word from the Words from Pure Drivel 62
The Writer 65
Writing: A Life Sentence 67
Sign Writing 72
from A History of Reading 77
Learning to Read 80
Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things 82
Story Books on a Kitchen Table 84
The Book 85
from Don Quijote 87
On Reading an Old Baedeker in Schloss Leopoldskron 89
Lives of the Nineteenth-Century Poetesses 91
Reading Lists 92
Prisoners 93
The Poet 95
And Yet the Books 96
Where Books Fall Open 99
On Reading 101
from The Common Reader 102
Poetry 104
Teaching Emily Dickinson 105
Library Scene 106
Love in the Valley 108
from Northanger Abbey 110
Becoming a Reader 111
Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967 113
from Swann's Way 115
Children Selecting Books in a Library 116
Watching the Commuters Read 118
Reading Tu Fu, I Wait for My Husband 121
The Trouble with Reading 123
The Vicarious Activity 124
Books 126
April 2 128
Gentle Reader 129
This Poem 130
6 x 10 x [infinity] 133
A Little Treatise on Ways of Reading 134
Reading Myself to Sleep 137
Ars Poetica 139
The Night, The Porch 141
Acknowledgments 143
The Paintings 144
Credits 145
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