The Book of Lost Books

An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read

By Kelly Stuart

Format: Multiple Formats

An account of books destroyed, misplaced, never finished, or never even begun - from ancient Greek and Arabic masters through Shakespeare, Dante and Hemingway right up to the present day.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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The sequel to "The Odyssey" - Sylvia Plath's second novel - Stuart Kelly provides a wry and erudite account of books destroyed, misplaced, never finished, or never even begun - from ancient Greek and Arabic masters through Shakespeare, Dante and Hemingway right up to the present day. Described by the "New York Times" as 'an absolute joy ...a work of great passion, insight and scholarship', the breadth of Kelly's knowledge and his enthusiasm impressed critics in the UK and the USA.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 9 Jun 2010
SKU 9781846971235-grouped
Number of Pages 416

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'Lively and diverting' The Spectator 'A fascinating anthology of writings, which will be quite new to most people and certainly deserve to be preserved' MURIEL SPARK'Clever and highly entertaining ... recall[s] John Aubrey's gossipy 'Brief Lives' and Lytton Strachey's 'Eminent Victorians' ... a many-splendored thing' MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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