The Resource Ex libris : confessions of a common reader, Anne Fadiman

Ex libris : confessions of a common reader, Anne Fadiman

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Ex libris : confessions of a common reader
Title
Ex libris
Title remainder
confessions of a common reader
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Anne Fadiman
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 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 father's 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 gluttony--Charles 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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1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fadiman, Anne
Dewey number
814.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fadiman, Anne
  • Books and reading
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Authors, American
  • American literature
  • Readers
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Ex libris : confessions of a common reader, Anne Fadiman
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xi, 162 pages
Isbn
9780374527228
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Ex libris : confessions of a common reader, Anne Fadiman
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
First paperback edition.
Extent
xi, 162 pages
Isbn
9780374527228
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print

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