Phantoms on the Bookshelves (Hardcover)

By Jacques Bonnet, James Salter (Translated by)

The Overlook Press, 9781590207598, 144pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2012

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The author, a lifelong accumulator of books ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of volumes, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors from the earliest known libraries are learned, amusing, and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save lives. Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac to Moby-Dick and Google. Rich in wit and wisdom, it will be a lasting delight for all who treasure books.

About the Author

Jacques Bonnet is a publisher, translator and the author of novels and works of art history, including a monograph on the artist.

James Salter is an American novelist and short story writer whose work includes the classic "A Sport and A Pastime." He has won the PEN/Faulkner award, and who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000.