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While it might seem that the Revolutionary (Gregorian) position lent itself to the denigration of such figures, as Desormeaux convincingly argues, the paradoxical result of a politic of "cultural emancipation of the people" (74) and an ideology stressing the utility of the book rather than it fetishization ultimately served the interests of the bibliophile, the bibliographer and the bibliomaniac. Part 2, "Le Bibliomane et ses institutions," therefore opens with a discussion of the rare book and its speculative pursuit via various genres of bibliophilia and bibliomania.
John Charles Gilkey, like other bibliomaniacs, is obsessed with adding to his collection of rare books, but in his case the books have tended to come free of charge, courtesy of the sorry souls who were unlucky enough to have once handed over their credit cards to Gilkey when he worked at Saks Fifth avenue.
In the original 2000 book, Vicki Leon (the Uppity Women series) introduces the long history of women writers and bibliomaniacs before Knight (Women of the Beat Generation) profiles specific ones.
Some names are mind-boggling: BIBLIOMANIACS, REASON ALONE, IN YOUR MIND'S EYE, SKULLDUGGERY.
Hence, the restorers of readings, the emendators, the bibliomaniacs of all degrees" (EL 57).
Among bibliomaniacs, as Norman Weiner writes, "it is not surprising to find [...] human skin being tanned and used for bookbinding; the breast is favored, with the nipple forming a swelling on the cover" (221).
Small wonder, then, that madhouses had their bibliomaniacs, surrounded by books, reading obsessively.
Mineral-book collectors of today are generally not yet inclined to split hairs over the fine distinctions that fascinate and sometimes dominate the lives of those bibliophiles known lovingly as bibliomaniacs. Nevertheless, because the time may come when they will, and because those factors definitely can affect the price of a book (sometimes, shockingly), it is worthwhile to understand some of them.
'Serendipity' was to be used almost only by bibliomaniacs till the 1930s.
I'd come across the hatred of libraries before in reading about bibliomaniacs (in the library, of course).
I love to read about bibliomaniacs as much as I enjoy being one.
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