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Magic & madness in the library : protagonists among the stacks
Graeber, Eric.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Delhi, NY : Birch Brook Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
155 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction / from Don Quixote / from The battle of the books / from Candide / from The mutability of literature / from Twenty thousand leagues under the sea / from Looking backward / from The house of mirth / from The library & the librarian / from Crome yellow / from Jacob's room / from The library of Babel / from Something wicked this way comes / from The name of the Rose / from The library policeman / from The giant's house / from The library
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PN56.L48 M33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Fiction on the unique experience and curious atmosphere of libraries around the world, across time, that have inspired writers to dream up magic and madness. Some of these libraries existed, some have been drawn from the imagination, but all share the charm and mystery that has always haunted writers. Among the authors: Cervantes, Swift, Verne, Voltaire, Wharton, Huxley, Woolf, Borges. Signed edition, limited to 150 copies.

Author Notes

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit.

He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)