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I was in a primary school the other day and found myself in a classroom where the teacher was supervising a library period. Some of the children were absorbed in reading, others were busily engaged in consulting books piled around them, and taking notes. So engrossed were they that I felt it...
For more than forty years I have looked at books. I have regarded them as tools of our trade and as the sweet sound that breathes o'er a bed of violets. I have shelved them, carried them and pushed them about on trucks that move crabwise across a polished floor. For more than thirty years now I...
One of my favourite quotations is the opening of Robin Jenkins's novel, Happy for the Child Pages 256 and 257 were missing. Shocked, the boy slowly and in fear became aware that the book in his hands was merely a destructible contrivance of gum and paper, and that in spite of it round him in the...
If much has been written about the artist's tools and next to nothing about the writer's, it is presumably because a painting emerges into the light of day direct from its maker's hands, whereas the written word, if ever it reaches the judgement seat of public opinion, arrives transposed into...
So far in these articles I have dealt with Scottish publishers of books in all lines of literature, and have not covered the subject, but the material presented is sufficient to indicate a fine record. Now I shall deal with a number of publishers of books of special character. In this case also...
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