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1. The Madman's Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History

Author: by Edward Brooke-Hitching
English
256 pages
179720730X

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This fascinating and bizarre collection compiles the most unusual, obscure books from the far reaches of the human imagination throughout history. From the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Phantom Atlas and The Sky Atlas comes a unique and beautifully illustrated journey through the history of literature.

The Madman’s Library delves into its darkest territories to hunt down the oddest books and manuscripts ever written, uncovering the intriguing stories behind their creation. From the Qur’an written in the blood of Saddam Hussein, to the gorgeously decorated fifteenth-century lawsuit filed by the Devil against Jesus, to the most enormous book ever created, The Madman’s Library features many long forgotten, eccentric, and extraordinary volumes gathered from around the world.

Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle and books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered.


2. The Voynich Manuscript

Author: by Raymond Clemens
0300217234
Yale University Press
English

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The first authorized copy of this mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle”For the first time, a complete reproduction [of] The Voynich Manuscript, has been published, featuring essays exploring what is known about the book and extra-wide margins so readers can record their responses to its beguiling, beautiful strangeness.”Nina Maclaughlin, Boston GlobeFor people who like a good historical mystery, this …

Fifteenth- or sixteenth-century Voynich Manuscript will fascinate. Rebecca Onion, Slate Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the Voynich Manuscript, the world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich.

The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book’s language has eluded decipherment, and its elaborate illustrations remain as baffling as they are beautiful.


3. Jane Eyre: The Original 1847 Edition With Illustrations (A Classic Illustrated Novel of Charlotte Brontë)

Author: by Charlotte Brontë
B0948LPG1Q
English
383 pages

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Bront, Jane EyreThis Beautiful edition contains 15 illustrations. Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Bront. It was published on 16 October 1847 under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the Byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry Jane Eyre revolutionized the art of fiction.

Charlotte Bront has been called the ‘first historian of the private consciousness’ and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.


4. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: by Simon Winchester
0060839783
Harper Perennial
English

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A New York Times Notable Book The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionaryand literary history. The making of the OED was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.

As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him.

For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman is the linguistic detective story of the decade. (William Safire, New York Times Magazine)This P.S.

Edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


5. Remarkable Books: The World's Most Historic and Significant Works (DK Great)

Author: by DK
DK
English
256 pages

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Imagine a world without Principia Mathematica, Rights of Man, the Bible, Shakespeare, or the Mahabharata. Remarkable Books features 75 of the world’s most momentous titles from The Art of War to Anne Frank’s Diary and reveals their far-ranging impact. Books are the medium through which scientists, storytellers, and philosophers introduce their ideas.

Discover seminal religious and political titles, cornerstones of science such as On the Origin of Species, and ancient texts such as the I Ching, which is still used today to answer fundamental questions about human existence. Get up close to see fascinating details, such as Vesalius’ exquisite anatomical illustrations in Epitome, Leonardo da Vinci’s annotated notebooks, or the hand-decorated pages in the Gutenberg Bible.

Discover why Euclid’s Elements of Geometry was the most influential maths title ever published, and marvel at rare treasures such as the Aubin Codex, which tells the history of the Aztecs and the early Spanish colonial period in Mexico. Remarkable Books gathers stories, diaries, scientific treatises, plays, dictionaries, and religious texts into a stunning celebration of the power of books.


6. Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge

Author: by Richard Ovenden
English
320 pages
0674241207


Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge Cover

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If you care about books, and if you believe we must all stand up to the destruction of knowledge and cultural heritage, this is a brilliant readboth powerful and prescient. Elif ShafakThe director of the famed Bodleian Libraries at Oxford narrates the global history of the willful destructionand surprising survivalof recorded knowledge over the past three millennia.

Libraries and archives have been attacked since ancient times but have been especially threatened in the modern era. Today the knowledge they safeguard faces purposeful destruction and willful neglect; deprived of funding, libraries are fighting for their very existence. Burning the Books recounts the history that brought us to this point.

Richard Ovenden describes the deliberate destruction of knowledge held in libraries and archives from ancient Alexandria to contemporary Sarajevo, from smashed Assyrian tablets in Iraq to the destroyed immigration documents of the UK Windrush generation. He examines both the motivations for these actspolitical, religious, and culturaland the broader themes that shape this history.


7. Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Author: by Melanie Rehak
B007PRF0LU
September 5, 2006
English

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The true story behind the iconic fictional detective is a fascinating chapter in the history of publishing (The Seattle Times). An Edgar Award Winner for Best Biography and a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year The plucky titian-haired sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930and eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers) to enter the pantheon of American culture.

As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers’ lives. Here, in a narrative with all the page-turning pace of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew?

And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon? The brainchild of children’s book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy was brought to life by two women: Mildred Wirt Benson, a pioneering journalist from Iowa, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over her father’s business empire as CEO.


8. The Tao of Pooh

Author: by Benjamin Hoff
Penguin Books
English
158 pages

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For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of PigletThe how of Pooh?The Tao of who?The Tao of Pooh?! In which it is revealed that one of the world’s great Taoist masters isn’t Chineseor a venerable philosopherbut is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear: A.A.

Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that’s a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.


9. Ron's Big Mission

Author: by Rose Blue
English
32 pages
0525478493

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Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passageit is a young man’s first courageous mission.

Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.

10. How to Read and Why

Author: by Harold Bloom
Scribner
English
288 pages

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Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this impassioned book on the pleasures and benefits of reading well. For more than forty years, Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature.

Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threatens to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom. Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self.

His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.

11. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

Author: by Will Durant
Simon & Schuster
English
127 pages

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A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all timelisted in accessible and succinct formby one of the world’s greatest scholars. From the Hundred Best Books to the Ten Greatest Thinkers to the Ten Greatest Poets, here is a concise collection of the world’s most significant knowledge.

For the better part of a century, Will Durant dwelled uponand wrote aboutthe most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. His selections have finally been brought together in a single, compact volume. Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas, but he also stimulates readers into forming their own opinions, encouraging them to shed their surroundings and biases and enter The Country of the Mind, a timeless realm where the heroes of our species dwell.

From a thinker who always chose to exalt the positive in the human species, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time stays true to Durant’s optimism. This is a book containing the absolute best of our heritage, passed on for the benefit of future generations.

12. Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

Author: by Vladimir Nabokov
Vintage
English
336 pages

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Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Defense.

13. Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story

Author: by John Yorke
B07MWBM5SW
Abrams Press
May 29, 2014

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The idea of Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet, or any other writers of guides for screenwriters and playwrights, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a historical, philosophical, scientific, and psychological journey to the heart of all storytelling.

In this exciting and wholly original book, John Yorke not only shows that there is truly a unifying shape to narrativeone that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep withinhe explains why, too.

With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing all storytelling in all narrative forms, from film and television to theatre and novel-writinga big step from the usual three-act approach.

Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story is destined to sit alongside David Mamet’s Three Uses of the Knife, Robert McKee’s Story, Syd Field’s Screenplay, and Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing as one of the most original, useful, and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.

14. Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Author: by Barb Rosenstock
Calkins Creek
English
32 pages

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As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books! Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Jefferson collected thousands of books on hundreds of subjects. In fact, his massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congressnow the largest library in the world.

Barb Rosenstock’s rhythmic words and John O’Brien’s whimsical illustrations capture Jefferson’s passion for the written word as well as little-known details about book collecting. Author and artist worked closely with experts to create the first picture book on Jefferson’s love of reading, writing, and books.

An author’s note, bibliography, and source notes for quotations are also included.

15. Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

Author: by Kay Winters
Aladdin
English
40 pages

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Learn about the early life of Abraham Lincoln in this picture book biography that Kirkus Reviews calls a moving tribute to the power of books and words. In a tiny log cabin a boy listened with delight to the storytelling of his ma and pa.

He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. When he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln.He loved books. They changed his life.

He changed the world.

16. A Family Guide To Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia

Author: by Christin Ditchfield
Crossway
English
208 pages

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Do you read The Chronicles of Narnia sensing that the stories are full of biblical parallels, even if you’re not always sure what they are or where to find them? This user-friendly companion to The Chronicles of Narnia is written for C.S.

Lewis readers like you who want to discover the books’ biblical and Christian roots. Read it, and you’ll find that this chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book examination of The Chronicles will widen your spiritual vision.