A celebration of the value and importance of books and a spirited defense against the many gloomy voices in our so-called electronic age that say the printed book as we know it will soon be obsolete.
ContentsThe pleasures of reading / Joseph Epstein
Other worlds to inhabit / John Bayley
Casaubon's syndrome, or reader rampant / Ferdinand Mount
Books in my life / G. Thomas Tanselle
Hooked.. / Nina King
Mountains and caverns / Alan Sillitoe
Obsessed by Thomas Mann / Jeffrey Meyers
Encountering Philip Larkin / Dale Salwak
Devouring of the printed page / Ann Thwaite
Discovering Jane Eyre / Catherine Peters
The radiant way and after / Margaret Drabble
Reading my father / Mary Gordon
Into terra nova : a crossing with books / Laura L. Nagy
Sine qua non / Frances H. Bachelder
The performer and the reader / Michael Ellis
Literature without books? / Laurence Lerner
The sad demise of the personal library / James Shapiro
The future of the academic book / Gill Davies
The end of the book? Some perspectives on media change / Elizabeth L. Eisenstein.
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|Publisher|| New York :St. Martin's Press,1999
xviii, 208 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-200) and index.
|ISBN||0312218842 (alk. paper)