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  - csayban - LibraryThing

Anything can be taken to the extreme, and book collecting is no exception. From rummaging through dusty bookshops to multi-million dollar auctions to outright theft of nearly priceless works ... Read full review

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User Review  - IonaS - LibraryThing

Unfortunately, I didn't manage to finish this whopper of a book before I had to return it to the library. But one doesn't have to read the whole book in order to feel and enjoy its absolute ... 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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