"Some books are unreservedly forgotten; none are unreservedly remembered."
-W. H. Auden
"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
"The proper study of mankind is books."
This collection of more than five hundred quotations captures the wisdom and wit of the most insightful things ever said about books, spoken and written by such legendary figures as: Aeschylus, Ernest Hemingway, John Ruskin, Woody Allen, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Scribner, Maya Angelou, Franz Kafka, George Bernard Shaw, Jane Austen, Helen Keller, Wallace Stevens, Francis Bacon, Malcolm X, Robert Penn Warren, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Groucho Marx, William Carlos Williams, William Faulkner, John Milton, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Frost, George Orwell, and W. B. Yeats.
Encompassing the many facets of books and the pleasures and puzzlements they afford, The Quotable Book Lover includes chapters on writing, reading, and bookbinding, among other subjects.
With its wide range of commentary, this compilation will surely entertain and enlighten bibliophiles everywhere.
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About the Author
Helena Hjalmarsson is a psychoanalyst and freelance journalist. She holds master's degrees in child development-with a dual focus on psychology and nonfiction essay writing-and social work.
Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of the bestselling book on book collecting, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books.