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Every lover of books, and every professional writer, owes a debt to libraries which he can never exaggerate. Whether they lend, or must be visited, they supply the material for quite half his knowledge. He begins with a few oddments upon his father's shelvesmy own early contacts with literature...
Almost every author is to some extent autobiographical in his writings, and if he be also a librarian, they are necessarily somewhat undramatic indeed, were it not for books and the love of them, he would be better for being silent. When, however, one is a booklover, every day has its possible...
The compiler of a subject bibliography may, like Dr. Johnson's lexicographer, be no more than a harmless drudge, but his problems if he is conscientiousare real enough, and they also bring into play wider issues of librarianship and scholarship.
By filching a few words once used by Thackeray in another connection, a bibliographic name dropper may be neatly defined as a novelist who embellishes his romance with a personal allusion foreign to the question. The best example of a gratuitous personal allusion that comes to mind is the one...
From whichever point of view we consider it, Edwards's Memoirs of Libraries is a remarkable work. Its two volumes provide a total of two thousand pages of text It is at once a history of librariesand a history on a world scaleand a manual of library administration. It can, of course, be...
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