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Nicholas A. Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and is a former president of the Friends of the Robert H. Goddard Library of Clark University.

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Associerade verk

The Quotable Book Lover (1999) — Förord — 387 exemplar
Modern Book Collecting (1980) — Inledning — 303 exemplar
Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places (2015) — Förord, vissa utgåvor167 exemplar
Evermore: The Persistence of Poe (2014) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar


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Vedertaget namn
Basbanes, Nicholas A.
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Basbanes, Nicholas Andrew
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA
Bates College (BA|1965)
Pennsylvania State University (MA|1969)
Basbanes, Constance (wife)
United States Navy (Vietnam)
Priser och utmärkelser
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
Kort biografi
A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Nicholas A. Basbanes graduated from Bates College in 1965, received a master of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1968, and served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier Oriskany in the Tonkin Gulf in 1969 and 1970. An award-winning investigative reporter during the early 1970s, Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and for eight years after that wrote a nationally syndicated column on books and authors. He is a former president of the Friends of the Robert H. Goddard Library of Clark University, which has established a student book collecting competition in his honor. In addition to his books, Basbanes has written for numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Civilization , and New England Quarterly among them, and lectures widely on book-related subjects. In 2004, he began writing the "Gently Mad" column for Fine Books & Collections magazine. With his wife, Constance Basbanes, he writes a monthly review of children's books for Literary Features Syndicate, which they established in 1993, and which appears in a dozen newspapers. They are the parents of two daughters, and live in North Grafton, Mass.



Nick Basbanes' library i Other People's Libraries (april 2016)


I liked the content of this book, but the way the information is presented is very poor. The author jumps from discussions of one institution or person to another with little more than a double-space to let you know a change in course is taking place. It felt disjointed and abrupt, and did not make for a pleasurable reading experience. The topics that the author covered were interesting, and the sections on book collectors and sellers were particularly fun. Given that the material was good, I wish that the author had done a better job of presenting it to the reader.… (mer)
blueskygreentrees | 9 andra recensioner | Jul 30, 2023 |
I love books. I really do. And I love bookstores and libraries and book people in general. So, it makes sense that I would love this book.

Nicholas Basbanes also wrote A Gentle Madness, a book I stumbled upon in my public library a few years ago and fell in love with. So, I picked this one up and read it with glee. It’s over 20 years old and reading it for me was like a trip to my professional past as a librarian. The arguments librarians, their administrators, and the public had decades ago brought back so much angst for me.

I’m happy to say that some of these questions have been settled, sort of. Back then, some people saw the future of libraries in digital materials. They were ready to turn print lose to perish or thrive entirely in the wild. However, most people now realize that the demand for print books isn’t going away soon.

But libraries aren’t the only thing Basbanes discusses in this book. He talks about the people who collect rare books and the people who sell them. I don’t live with the kind of money he’s talking about, so I don’t keep up with the rare book market. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find it captivating as any self-respecting bibliophile would.

I admit to gushing a bit in this review. While reading about all these private, academic, and extensive public book collections was like a fairytale for me. It felt like reading Victoria magazine as a newlywed, setting up housekeeping, and dreaming of the possibilities. While I’ll never have room to store 50,000 volumes in my house, Basbanes has me dreaming of how that would look. And that’s almost as good as actually having it.
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Library_Lin | 9 andra recensioner | Feb 21, 2023 |
"Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the 21st Century" è un libro scritto da Nicholas Basbanes, un noto autore e giornalista che ha scritto molto sui libri e sulla cultura del collezionismo librario. Il libro è una guida per i cacciatori di libri, che offre strategie e prospettive per trovare e acquisire libri rari e preziosi nel 21° secolo.

Basbanes copre una vasta gamma di argomenti nel libro, tra cui la storia del collezionismo di libri, i diversi tipi di collezionisti di libri e le loro motivazioni, il ruolo della tecnologia nel collezionismo di libri e l'importanza di preservare e prendersi cura dei libri rari. Fornisce anche consigli pratici su come trovare e acquistare libri, inclusi suggerimenti su come cercare libri online, come valutare le condizioni e il valore di un libro e come negoziare con i venditori.

In tutto il libro, Basbanes sottolinea l'importanza di rimanere curiosi e di mentalità aperta nella ricerca dei libri e incoraggia i lettori a seguire le proprie passioni e interessi durante il collezionismo. Incoraggia inoltre i collezionisti di libri a essere consapevoli delle questioni etiche e legali che possono sorgere nel mondo del collezionismo di libri e ad essere rispettosi dei diritti di proprietà intellettuale di autori ed editori.

Nel complesso, "Among the Gently Mad" è una guida completa e istruttiva per chiunque sia interessato al collezionismo di libri e offre preziosi spunti e consigli a chiunque desideri iniziare o espandere la propria collezione.


"Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perspectives for the Book Hunter in the 21st Century" is a book written by Nicholas Basbanes, a well-known author and journalist who has written extensively about books and the culture of book collecting. The book is a guide for book hunters, offering strategies and perspectives for finding and acquiring rare and valuable books in the 21st century.

Basbanes covers a wide range of topics in the book, including the history of book collecting, the different types of book collectors and their motivations, the role of technology in book collecting, and the importance of preserving and caring for rare books. He also provides practical advice on how to find and acquire books, including tips on how to search for books online, how to evaluate a book's condition and value, and how to negotiate with sellers.

Throughout the book, Basbanes emphasizes the importance of staying curious and open-minded in the pursuit of books, and encourages readers to follow their passions and interests when collecting. He also encourages book collectors to be mindful of the ethical and legal issues that can arise in the book collecting world, and to be respectful of the intellectual property rights of authors and publishers.

Overall, "Among the Gently Mad" is a comprehensive and informative guide for anyone interested in book collecting, and offers valuable insights and advice for anyone looking to start or expand their collection.
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AntonioGallo | 15 andra recensioner | Dec 21, 2022 |
An absolutely delightful book, the first in a trilogy written by Nicholas Basbanes, for those of us who cannot get enough of books about books!
scdoster | 36 andra recensioner | Nov 6, 2022 |



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