The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac is "a story or a series of sketches on the delights, adventures, and misadventures connected with bibliomania." The final work of author/poet Eugene Field before his death in 1895, this delightful volume will appeal to anyone who shares Field's mania for books.
“Much of the satisfaction of going away arises from the thought that those you leave behind are likely to be wretchedly miserable during your absence.” (source)
“Our babes and sucklings are no longer regaled with the soothing tales of giants, ogres, witches, and fairies; their hungry, receptive minds are filled with stories about the pursuit and slaughter of unoffending animals, of war and of murder, and of those questionable practices whereby a hero is enriched and others are impoverished. Before he is out of his swaddling-cloth the modern youngster is convinced that the one noble purpose in life is to get, get, get, and keep on getting of worldly material. The fairy tale is tabooed because, as the sordid parent alleges, it makes youth unpractical.” (source)
“This incident gives me an opportunity to say that observation has convinced me that all good and true book-lovers practise the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed. Indeed, I fully believe with Judge Methuen that no book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.” (source)
“Here again we behold another advantage which the lover of books has over the lover of women. If he be a genuine lover he can and should love any number of books, and this polybibliophily is not to the disparagement of any one of that number.” (source)
“Books, books, books—give me ever more books, for they are the caskets wherein we find the immortal expressions of humanity —words, the only things that live forever!” (source)