Inspired by a landmark exhibition mounted by the British Museum in 1963 to celebrate five eventful centuries of the printed word, Nicholas A. Basbanes offers a lively consideration of writings that have "made things happen" in the world, works that have both nudged the course of history and fired the imagination of countless influential people.
In his fifth work to examine a specific aspect of book culture, Basbanes also asks what we can know about such figures as John Milton, Edward Gibbon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Adams, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Henry James, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller––even the notorious Marquis de Sade and Adolf Hitler––by knowing what they have read. He shows how books that many of these people have consulted, in some cases annotated with their marginal notes, can offer tantalizing clues to the evolution of their character and the development of their thought.
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“If Oprah would only join the ranks of Cervantes’s fans, he’d have a chance at today’s bestseller list.” (Brigitte Weeks, Washington Post Book World)
“Every Book Its Reader reminds us that books, in all their myriad forms, are necessary equipment for living.” (Los Angeles Times)
“These essays…occupy a corner of the grand salon of the history of ideas.” (Amanda Heller, Boston Globe)
“‘Affection, laughter, argument’--aptly characterize the work of this great contemporary celebrant of the common, and the uncommon reader, Basbanes.” (Michael Dirda, Weekly Standard)
“First-rate reporting….[EBIR] allows us to step away from our myopic fixation on writers and consider the reader.” (Karen Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“No living person has thought more about the extraordinary power of books than Nicholas Basbanes.” (Ellis Henican, Newsday)
“[An] admirably wide excursion into literature, history and biography.” (Kathleen Burke, Smithsonian Magazine)
“Nicholas Basbanes is the Pied Piper of bibliophiles.” (John Harper, Orlando Sentinel)
Nicholas A. Basbanes has worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, a literary editor, and a nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five books, he also writes a regular column for Fine Books & Collections magazine and lectures widely on book-related issues. He and his wife, Constance, live in Massachusetts.
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