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Books That Might Have Been

Books That Might Have Been ELIA once wrote of books that are not books at allvolumes like railway timetables, bound catalogues and so forth. In a different mood I am sure he might have written delightfully about the dreams and visions, even the stories and dramas, which such productions can inspire. Should not a railway timetable be as evocative as a good map to the maplover I know a husband and wife, enthusiasts for the wilder areas of their native land but by circumstance exiled for years in India, who spend hours over maps of Scotland, under the spell of reminiscence and of untrammelled anticipation. A railway timetable might, to those with a knowledge of the geography and railway systems of the country, serve much the same purpose. The train shown as leaving Glasgow's Buchanan Street Station for Inverness at such and such a time can bear my dreams with iteven if my body must be in the office. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

Books That Might Have Been

Library Review , Volume 11 (2): 3 – Feb 1, 1947

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0024-2535
DOI
10.1108/eb012101
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Abstract

ELIA once wrote of books that are not books at allvolumes like railway timetables, bound catalogues and so forth. In a different mood I am sure he might have written delightfully about the dreams and visions, even the stories and dramas, which such productions can inspire. Should not a railway timetable be as evocative as a good map to the maplover I know a husband and wife, enthusiasts for the wilder areas of their native land but by circumstance exiled for years in India, who spend hours over maps of Scotland, under the spell of reminiscence and of untrammelled anticipation. A railway timetable might, to those with a knowledge of the geography and railway systems of the country, serve much the same purpose. The train shown as leaving Glasgow's Buchanan Street Station for Inverness at such and such a time can bear my dreams with iteven if my body must be in the office.

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Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1947

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