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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Exact title of book
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Book author
Anne Fadiman
ISBN
9781429929424
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Apr 01, 2011
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
162
File size (in PDF)
1458 kB

Some brief overview of book

Anne Fadiman isby her own admissionthe sort of person who learned about sex from her fathers copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommates 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story.

Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her fathers 22-volume set of Trollope (My Ancestral Castles) and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections (Marrying Libraries), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttonyCharles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners.

Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

About book author

Fadiman is the editor of The American Scholar. Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, was published by FSG in 1997. She lives in New York City. ks she loves have become chapters in her own life story.

Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her fathers 22-volume set of Trollope (My Ancestral Castles) and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections (Marrying Libraries), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttonyCharles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners.

Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

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