Great Book Finds, and One That Got Away
“There is a saying in book collecting: You only regret the books you don’t buy.”
Origin of SpeciesThe Descent of Man.
Simulacra.Pieces of Ancient Poetry from Unpublished Manuscripts and Scarce Books,
New Preface to ‘The Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde,’
Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions,
STUART KELLS is an author and historian. His 2015 history of Penguin Books, Penguin and the Lane Brothers, won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. His latest book, The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders, is published by Counterpoint Press. He is currently writing a book about Shakespeare's library.
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“The best books show us who we were when we first read them, who we are now, and who we may yet become.”
Fitzgerald was ground down, I imagine, consumed by how to take care of her family. This didn’t make her any less the thinker, writer, reader, that she was.