The Pleasure of Reading: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books that Inspired Them

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Reading is a kind of magic that harnesses and then unleashes the imagination, allowing entrance into myriad realms of thought and fantasy. In this collection of interviews, 43 writers, primarily of British origin, reflect on how and when they first learned to read, the impact that the printed word had on their lives, and then reluctantly listed their ten favorite books. In youth, many were encouraged, but others were discouraged from this pastime. Some of the authors speak of their attraction to the appearance of the book, some by the content, and some simply by the mysterious symbols making up the words. Libraries were revered places to find treasured tomes. Many speak of their childhood admiration of the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson,Lewis Carroll, and Mark Twain with his adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Through maturity tastes changed and different books commanded consideration. The Bible is one reading that is consistently mentioned. Authors such as Ruth Rendell, Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoddard, Jan Morris and others reflect on these queries and respond concisely or in thoughtful nostalgic detail. The reader will delight in comparing and relating to the reading habits and preferences of these professional providers of reading material.


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Author Antonia Fraser, Antonia Fraser, Editor, Victoria Gray, Editor
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date 2015-Oct-20
ISBN 9781632862280
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Issue November 2015
Category Reference
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