Academic journal article et Cetera

Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World

Academic journal article et Cetera

Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World

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Nicholas A. Basbanes. Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Nicholas A. Basbanes, in this volume, presents an engaging portrait of the diverse ways in which books have shaped the inner lives of intellectuals, poets, novelists, scientists, and statesmen throughout history.

Beginning with an examination of the need for books in times of turmoil, Basbanes turns to the works of Anne Frank, Langston Hughes, and Azar Nafisi for insight. Throughout history, he argues, readers have used books to find solace and to make sense of their world, no matter what the social or cultural circumstances. He then notes that certain books, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, have an immediate effect on the culture that produced them, while others, such as Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, are not recognized for their virtues until the passing of generations.

Readers and their libraries occupy a primary spot in Basbanes's history. …

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