My Year in Books
#25 On Reading, Writing and Living with Books
The London Library —Pushkin Press
‘How Should One Read a Book?’ by Virginia Woolf
Letter from Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins
Letter from Charles Dickens to George Eliot
‘Authorship’ by George Eliot
‘My Books’ by Leigh Hunt
‘The London Library’ by E. M. Forster
I expected this to be a little gem of a book with insights about reading - that line in the title, ‘living with books’, gave it promise. I thought the people who put this together knew.
It was disappointing. The only noteworthy part is Leigh Hunt’s segment, ‘My Books’. Some phrases shine through to really touch you.
‘I entrench myself in my books equally against sorrow and the weather.’ (p. 52)
‘… if fortune turns her face once more in kindness upon me before I go, I may chance, some quiet day, to lay my overheating temples on a book, and so have the death I most envy.’ (p. 81)