Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes

Formerly the book review editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram, Nick Basbanes has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New England Quarterly, and Yankee Magazine. A member of the Nationa


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Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A lively tale told with wit and vigor."
Self-proclaimed bibliophile Basbanes (About the Author: Inside the Creative Process, 2010, etc.) proves a delightful and intrepid guide in this capacious history of paper. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 2005

"Like-minded readers may chafe at hearing the story of Johnson and his Boswell for the zillionth time. But we won't stop turning pages, will we?"
Another sampling of what some will call cultural history, others book chat, from the indefatigably bookish author (A Splendor of Letters, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"Basbanes's profound passion never falls into pedantry: readers will emerge with new knowledge, new worries, and enormous respect."
An erudite, often lively analysis of the disappearance of texts thanks to time, weather, worms, warriors, decay, poor judgment, and the computer. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"For those literati who want a window into a strange little world, read on. All others should take a pass."
As the subtitle suggests, a book for a narrow and often eccentric audience, with few more eccentric than the author himself. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Of much interest to readers who, like the author, nurse a passion for books, and for books about books."
An uneven but entertaining exploration of the world of books. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Must reading for any book collector, and a nice addition to even modest personal libraries. (16 pages b&w photos, line art, engravings, not seen)"
This absorbing volume traces ``the cycle of books among collectors, libraries, and dealers,'' seeking to shed new light on that ``gentlest of infirmities,'' bibliomania. Read full book review >