Bibliophilia: An Epistolary Novel of One Man's Obsession with Book Collecting

N. John Hall (Author)
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Description

A thriller for book collectors. "Bibliophiles will enjoy Hall's cleverly fictionalized exploration of literary history and the thrill of seeking bookish treasures." --Booklist

Flush with $400,000 from the sale of his great-great-grandfather's correspondence with Victorian authors, Larry Dickerson, our unassuming retired bank clerk, amateur editor, and literary neophyte, needs a creative outlet for his newly acquired wealth and fast escalating obsession with all things bookish. His journey begins with collecting rare editions of Victorian novelists but spirals rapidly to New Yorker authors, his determination to acquire growing with each new purchase. James Thurber, E.B. White, Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, and Dorothy Parker all find their way onto Larry's shortlist, standing along previously acquired greats Trollope, Dickens, Thackeray, and Hardy.

Being sensible, he approaches the biggest names in the rare book field with childish glee, and with refreshing brashness, finds himself handling copies of authors' most coveted titles, touring the New Yorker offices, and then involved in one of the biggest scandals book collecting has ever seen. Will the thrill of the chase overwhelm Larry's ability to see reason? Will his appetite outpace his resources? Join him on this journey as he discovers just how far he's willing to take his obsession.

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
David R. Godine Publisher
Publish Date
April 07, 2016
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781567925616
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About the Author

N. John Hall is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Bronx Community College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Twice a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, he is considered one of the world's leading authorities on Anthony Trollope and Max Beerbohm