By Anne Fadiman

ISBN-10: 0374148600

ISBN-13: 9780374148607

ISBN-10: 0374527229

ISBN-13: 9780374527228

ISBN-10: 0788731130

ISBN-13: 9780788731136

Anne Fadiman is--by her personal admission--the type of one that realized approximately intercourse from her father's reproduction of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 kilos of dusty books for her birthday, and who as soon as stumbled on herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla handbook since it used to be the single written fabric within the condo that she had now not learn no less than two times.
This witty selection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for plenty of passionate readers, the books she loves became chapters in her personal existence tale. Writing with striking grace, she revives the culture of the well-crafted own essay, relocating simply from anecdotes approximately Coleridge and Orwell to stories of her personal pathologically literary relatives. As an individual who performed at blocks together with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who merely quite thought of herself married whilst she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely good built to extend upon the paintings of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the attract of lengthy phrases, and the satisfactions of examining out loud. there's even a foray into natural literary gluttony--Charles Lamb beloved buttered muffin crumbs among the leaves, and Fadiman is aware of multiple reader who actually consumes web page corners. completely balanced among humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as certainly one of our most interesting modern essayists.

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