An imaginary library I'd like to visit



"The library opened out of the smoking-room. It had an air of being the most used room in the house, and indeed it was here that Jonathan could generally be found amid a company of books that bore witness to generations of rather freakish taste and to the money by which such taste could be gratified. Jonathan had added lavishly to the collection. His books ranged oddly from translations of Turkish and Persian verse to the works of the most inscrutable of the moderns and text-books on criminology and police detection. He had a magpie taste in reading, but it was steadied by a constancy of devotion to the Elizabethans."
From Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh

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George said…
Sadly, future libraries are likely to hold mostly e-books.

I thought you might also be interested in this new book:

Poetry: Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology edited by Paula Deitz: A collection of poetry translations that have appeared in the Hudson Review over the years, this book features eighty-three poets in twenty-four languages, translated by sixty writers.
Bibliophile said…
Possibly, but I think there will always remain some hold-outs who prefer paper-and-ink books.

The book sounds interesting. Thanks for recommending it.
I need to make that a book...a world tour of libraries!

Here's my It's Monday!

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