A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year by Alberto Manguel

By Alberto Manguel

Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel used to be struck by way of how the radical he was once interpreting (Goethe's Elective Affinities) appeared to replicate the social chaos of the area within which he used to be dwelling. an editorial within the day-by-day paper may by surprise be illuminated by way of a passage within the novel; a protracted mirrored image will be caused by means of a unmarried note. He made up our minds to maintain a list of those moments, rereading a ebook every month, and forming A interpreting Diary: a quantity of notes, reflections, impressions of commute, of acquaintances, of occasions private and non-private, all elicited through his analyzing. From Don Quixote (August) to The Island of Dr. Moreau (February) to Kim (April), Manguel leads us on a charming event in literature and lifestyles, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is completely inextricable from the opposite.

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19 NAS CS96/730, List of Books of James Allan, Alloa, 2 Dec. 1794; NAS CS96/162/1, Inventory of Effects of James Mac Alpine, Fort William, 1822; NAS CS96/436, Valuation Inventory of Mr. Wilson’s Books. 20 Spencer, Hume, 13. 30 chapter one approach in other ways. 22 Catalogues almost always record the contents of a library at a given moment in time, often constituting a snapshot of the books owned by a reader at the time of his or her death. They do not generally reveal how or when someone acquired an Enlightenment text; whether they did so in their youth as the work was hot off the press, inherited the book as an unwanted heirloom, or bought it second-hand in old age.

Spreading the Word: The Distribution Networks of Print, 1550–1800 (Winchester, 1990), 21–46. For the early period, see A. J. Mann, The Scottish Book Trade 1500–1720 (East Linton, 2000). 3. ) Author, title Sir John Dalrymple, Memoirs of the History of Great Britain and Ireland (1771) Robert Watson, Philip II (1777) Hugo Arnot, History of Edinburgh (1779) George Campbell, Dissertation on Miracles (1762) Henry Mackenzie, Man of Feeling (1771) Robert Henry, History of Great Britain (1771) Malcolm Laing, History of Scotland (1800) Lord Kames, Historical Law-Tracts (1758) William Smellie, Philosophy of Natural History (1790) Thomas Reid, Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man (1785) James Bruce, Travels to the Source of the Nile (1790) Dugald Stewart, Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind (1792) Thomas Reid, Essays on the Active Powers of Man (1788) William Wilkie, The Epigoniad (1757) Henry Mackenzie, Man of the World (1773) Archibald Alison, Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790) Dugald Stewart, Philosophical Essays (1810) Henry Mackenzie, Julia Roubigne (1777) John Gillies, History of Ancient Greece (1786) Francis Hutcheson, Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) James Fordyce, Sermons to Young Women (1766) William Tytler, Historical and Critical Enquiry into the Evidence Against Mary Queen of Scots (1760) Percentage of postpublication libraries 26 25 25 24 23 22 22 22 22 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 works of Rousseau and Voltaire were nearly as widely distributed in Scottish country house libraries as the works of Hume and Robertson.

London, 1995); J. Feiser, Early Responses to Reid, Oswald, Beattie and Stewart, 2 vols. (Bristol, 2000). 25 D. McKitterick, “Book Catalogues: Their Varieties and Uses”, in P. ), The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth-Century Bibliography (Cambridge, 1992), 166. 153 sale catalogues have been included in the survey. 27 This raises a problem of a quite different nature, for it is often impossible to tell from a single catalogue which particular member of a family was responsible for selecting specific books for the library (especially if they had been available for several decades) – or indeed, which individuals read certain books in the collection.

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