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John Bayley, Margaret Drabble, Jeffrey Meyers, Alan Sillitoe and Ann Thwaite are among the nineteen contributors of original essays to this indispensable guide for anyone who cares at all about the past and future of books and the publishing industry. A Passion for Books is intended as both a celebration of the value and importance of reading and a spirited defence against the many gloomy voices in our so-called electronic age who say the book will soon be obsolete. How do books shape and urish our lives? What motivates readers to turn to books in the era of cyberspace? What role do collectors play in the preservation of books? What are the central issues for academic publishers who are trying to preserve the book? Does the book have a future? These are among the important questions answered in the essays that follow: some personal and anecdotal, some philosophical, others practical. Taken together, A Passion for Books will capture for some and kindle for others the fascination, the enlightenment, and the sheer joy that books can give to the willing.
FRANCES H. BACHELDER Poet, non-fiction author, concert pianist and teacher for over forty years JOHN BAYLEY Leading critic, author of numerous books including 5 novels and former Fellow and Tutor at New College, Oxford GILL DAVIES Managing Director and Publisher MARGARET DRABBLE World-renowned Author and Editor ELIZABETH L. EISENSTEIN former Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History and authority on print-culture at the University of Michigan MICHAEL ELLIS former President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, he was previously an actor, stage manager and producer JOSEPH EPSTEIN has written twelve books and is the editor of The Norton Book of Personal Essays MARY GORDON best-selling novelist and Professor of English at Barnard College NINA KING one of the leading literary journalists in the USA and editor of Book World (Sunday Literary Supplement of the Washington Post) LAURENCE LERNER Author, critic and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature JEFFREY MEYERS Acclaimed biographer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature FERDINAND MOUNT author of The Subversive Family (1982), The British Constitution Now (1992) LAURA L. NAGY college administrator, instructor, and freelance editor and writer CATHERINE PETERS worked in publishing before teaching at Oxford University and is now a writer JAMES SHAPIRO Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University ALAN SILLITOE Acclaimed novelist for over 30 years and author of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, and his most recent book is The Broken Chariot G. THOMAS TANSELLE Vice President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Adjunct Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He has written extensively on print-culture ANNE THWAITE Author of children's books and numerous biographies, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Churchill Fellowship