A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

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Henry Holt and Company, Mar 15, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 672 pages
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The passion to possess books has never been more widespread than it is today; indeed, obsessive book collecting remains the only hobby to have a disease named after it. A Gentle Madness, finalist for the 1995 National Book Critics Circle award, is an adventure among the afflicted. Richly anecdotal and fully documented, it combines the perspective of historical research with the immediacy of investigative journalism. Above all, it is a celebration of books and the people who have revered, gathered, and preserved them over the centuries.

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User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

I hard a hard time with this review. The research involved and stories were amazing. That alone gives it 4 stars. It would be a less tedious read for a true bibliophile. I am of the bookworm mold. Read full review

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User Review  - Marsha - Goodreads

Oh, the lure of books, any kind of book. Any bibliophile who's ever held a long-coveted, long-sought book in their hand knows this feeling. With old books, there is the thrill of discovery, the ... Read full review

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Nicholas A. Basbanes, former literary editor for the Worcester Sunday Telegram, is now a nationally syndicated book columnist. He lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

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