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Books the Founders Read, Stories About Books

Books the Founders Read: Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government

In this new series, I’ll highlight books that the Founding Fathers read, owned, wrote about, and were influenced by— works that were important in the creation of the United States… Read More

Rare Books, Stories About Books

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read More

Stories About Books

The Story Behind A.A. Milne’s Pooh Books

Click here to view our rare books by A.A. Milne.   “Isn’t it funny how a bear loves honey?”   One of the most familiar storybook bears is Winnie-the-Pooh created… Read More

Stories About Books

General Grant and Mark Twain: The Story Behind Grant’s Memoirs

As changes in fortune go, the swings experienced by Ulysses S. Grant during the final chapters of his life are somewhat legendary.   From an early age Grant was preoccupied… Read More

Stories About Books

Beatrix Potter: Nature, Love and Success

Ducks, mice, kittens, and of course, rabbits. A menagerie of small creatures inhabits the pages of Beatrix Potter’s books.   As a young girl, she loved nature, feeling more at… Read More

Culture Beat, Rare Books, Stories About Books

Culture Beat: Highlights of the Harlem Renaissance

Looking to escape the summer heat? You can’t beat a blissfully cool day exploring MoMA’s current show, “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works.”   Jacob Lawrence’s masterful… Read More

Rare Books, Stories About Books

Greater than Gatsby? Why Tender is the Night might be Fitzgerald’s “intended masterpiece.”

The sick and tired adages regarding the relationship between art and the artist are rarely more evident and appropriate than in the curious case of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his… Read More

Rare Books, Stories About Books

The Writer, the Painter, and the Department Store Tycoon

In 1929, George Macy (of department store fame) founded the Limited Editions Club press for the purpose of publishing beautiful livres d’artiste.  Artist’s books, which became especially popular in the… Read More

Stories About Books

Babbitt: The Single Book that Explains American Life

In the midst of a stultified seminar, a somewhat exasperated professor posited the following question to me and my weary-eyed cohorts. “If you had to pick a single book to… Read More

Stories About Books

5 Great Books to See in Las Vegas

That Plato should be the first of all the ancient philosophers to be translated and broadcast by the printing press was inevitable. –PMM   Printed in the midst of the… Read More