fiction (4,644), history (2,372), Penguin Classics (1,938), English literature (1,876), American literature (1,401), philosophy (994), Great Courses (924), short stories (915), psychology (906), anthology (903), {TGCyes} (854), occult (719), tarot (679), divination (672), speculative fiction (669), film (660), poetry (642), Torchbook (621), {Wondrium} (612), {streaming} (609), screenwriting (607), {cards} (574), Penguin 20th-century Classics (571), literary criticism (568), Oxford World's Classics (555), Penguin black 2 (542), American history (538), essays (530), French literature (526), tarot deck (517), NYRB Classics (512), drama (496), Middle Ages (477), historical fiction (439), biography (422), Christianity (417), Anchor books (366), foreign languages (329), Signet Classics (322), juvenile literature (310), tarot book (303), kids (297), Penguin black 3 (297), Russian literature (295), {WondriumNo} (292), Europe (291), mental illness (285), science fiction (271), Britain (268), sociology (259), Signet Classics 1 (252), fantasy (247), Mentor book (245), Oxford WC 3 (244), dissociative identity (243), Penguin black 1 (238), Dover books (233), German literature (227), mythology (227), autobiography (220), art (219), anthropology (218), health (217), Modern Library Classics (213), political philosophy (209), adventure (200), Renaissance (200), horror (200), religion (196), satire (193), humor (187), shorthand (187), art history (185), Gregg shorthand (185), self-help (179), memoir (178), music (171), mystery (167), social history (166), economics (163), coming of age (163), business (161), Greek literature (155), women (153), epic (152), Britannica (151), physics (149), reference (147), Greece (147), political science (145), travel writing (144), mathematics (143), civilization (143), language (142), intellectual history (142), folklore (140), World War II (139), history of science (137), archaeology (136), science (136), existentialism (133), literature (132), Oxford WC 4 (131), modernism (129), ethics (129), ancient world (128), church history (125), politics (125), dictionary (122), evolution (121), theology (120), Italian literature (120), Ancient Rome (120), bible (119), Russia (119), Latin American literature (119), writing (118), world history (117), education (117), Latin literature (116), portable (116), African-American (115), France (114), {check this} (113), Viking Portable (112), Shakespeare (112), Norton Library (110), Japanese literature (110), Pelican (110), communism (106), spirituality (105), Irish literature (105), military history (105), {rscn} (104), Everyman's Library (104), German philosophy (104), biology (103), books (103), American culture (101), medicine (101), linguistics (101), crime (100), trauma (100), Oxford WC 2 (100), human evolution (97), colonial America (97), dystopia (97), mysticism (96), Africa (94), Judaism (94), letters (93), astronomy (93), Greek philosophy (92), architecture (92), English language 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Jul 18, 2007
Über meine Bibliothek

Classics-centered, eclectic, fairly academic, with a very heavy focus on a few topics of interest.

Hoarding? I have well over 12,000 physical books and I tend to collect series. At one point, I had to ask myself: am I a hoarder? Fortunately, my books don't get in the way, they enrich me. I enjoy reading, displaying, and viewing them. So I checked and I'm a collector, not a hoarder. Many people reading this are collectors too. I enjoy but also collect tarot cards as an investment since some decks appreciate wildly in value over the years.

Tags and Covers: Viewing this library via tags and then covers is best since I tag everything and upload good covers whenever possible. The online visual provides me with a memory peg for what I've read or will read and browsing book covers is a joy for most bibliophiles, right? I appreciate book cover design, particularly a theme carried out in an interesting way, like the Sources of Civilization series.

Random tags with 7 or more books: magic, hospitality, genetic engineering, habit, world building, disaster preparedness, Appalachia, cetaceans, Peru, industrial design, sign language, complexity, Australian literature, doppelganger, running, slave narrative, tetralogy, music theory, consumerism, cyberpunk, philosophy of religion...

...quantum mechanics, boarding school, history of technology, evolutionary psychology, mashup, deconstruction, marine biology, Dravidian literature, food politics, swashbuckling, messianism, caste, roman à clef, political economy, baroque, memetics, colonial America, evil, recreational mathematics, occult, Patristics, personal space, willpower...

...gastronomy, village life, Aztec, critical theory, shipwreck, epidemiology, agriculture, vegan, parallel text, space opera, Harlem Renaissance, management, Carolingian, Hungarian literature, conlang, espionage, art appreciation, procrastination, ontology, Mesopotamia, feral children, Hollywood, post-apocalyptic, Jainism, hunger...

...parenting, Cossacks, Sufism, public speaking, urban studies, rural life, autobiographical fiction, picaresque, hiking, Nigerian literature, unreliable narrator, ballad, calculus, Berlin, vampire, nanotechnology, apologetics, investing, sociobiology, Arctic, exile, history of philosophy, philosophy of history, and autodidact.

Series: Old paperbacks in pristine condition were absurdly cheap for me in the 1990s: half the cover price of, say, $1 or 35¢! I buy 50 books a week and these form the backbone of my library. My collection includes large numbers of the following classics series, primarily fiction, with tags for each.
Everyman's Library: established by Dent & Sons in 1906, perhaps the granddaddy of the classics publishing paradigm; Wiki article, article, a publishing history article.
Modern Library Classics: from 1917 soft leather covers and quite popular 1920s-1960s hardcovers to current bronze-colored paperbacks; for the collector
Oxford World's Classics: from 1920s onward; one of the more scholarly of the bulk classics publishers, often with copious footnotes; Wiki article
Penguin Classics: The mother of all classics series IMHO, always in paperback. I have over 1700 but that's a handful compared to this guy; article. The Penguin Classics later incorporated series like the Penguin Modern Classics and the Penguin English Library.
Signet Classics: cheap mass market paperbacks since August 1959; published by New American Library, a company started by a former executive of Penguin Books, which decades later purchased the company; Wiki article; Publishing history
Bantam Classics: a similar series; List
New York Review Books Classics: relatively recent series with many off-beat works appealing to the urbane sophisticate. I have most of them.
Viking Portable: high quality anthologies (now Penguin Portable); blog; history
Bard Books: modern classics, largely Latin-American; article

Other publishers' runs of scholarly, mostly non-fiction works...
Dover Publications books: quality paperbacks with sturdy cardboard covers, opaque paper for minimal see-through, pages of low acidity to reduce browning and brittleness, and sewn signatures for longevity
Pelican books (Penguin): many academic-friendly titles
Harper Torchbooks: a series of hundreds of academic titles in trade paperback size. Meant "to build a preponderantly nonfiction counterpart to The Modern Library," which consisted mostly of fiction, poetry, and drama. History. List. This series' competed with...
Anchor books (Doubleday): mostly mass market paperbacks covering a broad array of academic topics with precocious adoption of acid-free paper so that some 50-year-old paperbacks appear brand new. Article and list
Library of Liberal Arts (Bobbs-Merrill): decidedly dry classics. Article and list
Teach Yourself series published by Hodder & Stoughton for English Universities Press: mostly language book; article
► Also Norton Library, Collier books, and Mentor books.
Resources for past and present publishers of quality works: Quality Paperback Series. Publishing History.

Maybe it goes back to reading the Hardy Boys series as a kid -- more likely Golden Books! -- but when I gaze at books from a series with similar covers, I get a feeling akin to adjusting my parachute as the door of a Cessna in flight opens. Anticipation...exhilaration...fear (that I won't get to them all). Whenever a publisher's classics series I've enjoyed adds a new title, I want to buy it, because chances are, no matter the genre or topic, reading a book deemed a classic is more than likely to release endorphins and rewire my brain with new axons and dendrites. Mortimer Adler said that classics, far from being complex are some of the most readable books. Okay, not Hegel.

Bookshelves cover so much of the visible in my home they've become wall art. I tend to arrange books by sets and color for aesthetics and also by height to maximize available space. I was planning to level off at 12,000 books due to finite condo space. Oops, maybe I'll stop at 14K. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll just move.

Visitors since 2010-Jan-21:

Über mich
Just some American dude with broad interests and a zest for the classics, foreign languages and literature. My connection to books began extremely young. My childhood was...challenging and I came to rely on books when I realized they were written by other people's parents and could help me distinguish right from wrong, truth from deception.

Still, I'm skeptical of any single source of information. So to explore an area of knowledge or genre of literature, or to pick up a new skill, I'll read several authors on the same general topic and my library reflects that.

“Beware the man of one book.” - Thomas Aquinas, philosopher and theologian

Bookshelves: As my photos attest, being surrounded by books, having walls covered floor-to-ceiling with books has been a desire since childhood. Most of my books are now on custom built-in shelving, just deep enough to accommodate various common book sizes, usually 5.5" deep (14cm) or less. My son has his own LT account.

Dabbling in screenwriting on and off for years, I've acquired about 400 works focusing on motion picture authorship. Who knows if I’ll ever sell a screenplay, but I have learned a ludicrous amount about the process.

“Dude, where’s my car?” - Philip Stark, screenwriter
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
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Buchhandlungen: Brattle Book Shop, Harvard Book Store, Lame Duck Books, McIntyre and Moore Booksellers, Raven Used Books, Strand Bookstore

Bibliotheken: Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library - Harvard College Library


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