“An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “”the usefulness. Let me say at the outset that this is not a book I intend to read soon in its entirety. The Anatomy of Bibliomania is extraordinary for above all the. ABOUT · CONTACT · BLOG · PROJECTS · HELP · DONATE · JOBS · VOLUNTEER · PEOPLE. Full text of “The Anatomy Of Bibliomania”. See other formats.

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Holbrook Jackson Pub Date: An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s musings on the joys of reading combine his irrepressible wit with the wisdom of famous readers from all corners of the world. An unmitigated delight for any bibliophile, Holbrook Jackson’s Anatomy of Bibliomania is the cornerstone of his indispensable trio of books on “the usefulness, purpose, and pleasures that proceed from books.

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Selected pages Title Page. As Jackson says, reading is not a duty, and if it is not a pleasure it is a waste of time.


Rocky rated it it was amazing Jun 19, In his preface to the reader, he loftily suggests his book’s aim, like the Anatomy of Melancholy from whom he cribs his title, is to enumerate and reflect upon all of the aspects of books and reading. Please provide an email address. Gerald Donaldson Snippet view – Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Entertaining as well as instructive, The Anatomy of Bibliomania is a book no book lover wnatomy and certainly no bibliomaniac – can afford to be without. Trivia About The Anatomy of Bi Entertaining as anaatomy as instructive, his “books on books” provide inveterate readers with all things needful: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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We can love these books every bit as much as Jackson’s bibliophiles loved theirs. The result, at least for my academic use, is that Jackson has composed what amounts to a review essay of basically every thought a person might have had regarding books and reading through the end of the nineteenth century. There is little doubt he manages to do so in t This book was the bane of my existence for the five days I spent reading it.


To collect books for any other reason seems, to this reviewer, anatoky kind of madness.

The Anatomy of Bibliomania

Entertaining as well as instructive, The Anatomy of Bibliomania is a book no book lover–and certainly no bibliomaniac–can afford to be without.

With deliciously understated wit, he comments on why we read, where we read–on journeys, at mealtimes, on the toilet this has “a long but mostly unrecorded history”in bed, and in prison–and what happens to us when we read.

Suzy rated it it was amazing Jun 14, Vitali rated it it was amazing Mar 07, These are those who, in short, read their books and own them TO read them. Saundra Reynolds rated it it was amazing Mar 02, They loved not just books, but literature as well, loving what books say and how they say it, how they speak to us across the centuries of the essentially unchanged human experience. It remains the de facto reference for those writing or reading about book love in all its forms.

The Fear of Books interweaves Jackson’s thoughts with the words of others to consider the trials and tribulations—burning, pulping, shredding, and censoring—to which books have been subjected throughout history and the fears that lead to such behavior.

He touches on bindings, bookworms, libraries, and the sport of book hunting, as well as the behavior of borrowers, embezzlers, thieves, and collectors.