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Legendary Authors in Academia

Most great authors hold other jobs during their journeys to literary acclaim: Edgar Rice Burroughs sold pencils; JD Salinger was entertainment director on a luxury liner; and Ken Kesey volunteered for CIA psych tests. But what about after legendary authors have earned prestige and recognition? Many of them have turned up on the faculty at illustrious universities. 

     
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Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Rare Book Lover

Next month in the US, we'll celebrate dads and all they do for us. Though Fathers Day isn't until June 16, many of us are already looking for the perfect Father's Day gift. If your dad is a lover of rare books, these items may be just the ticket.

     
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Finding Poetry in Unlikely Places

By Kristin Masters. Apr 17, 2013. 4:04 PM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Umberto Eco, Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and beautiful verses are popping up everywhere. Many noted authors have also written poems, which are often much lesser known--and therefore more scarce. These volumes are lovely additions to an author-specific or poetry collection.

     
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Umberto Eco as Consummate Book Collector

By Kristin Masters. Jan 4, 2013. 5:14 AM.

Topics: Umberto Eco, Rare Books, Book Collecting

Umberto Eco has made quite a name for himself as a philosopher, author, and semiotician. He's also earned a reputation for being an enthusiastic collector of rare books. Eco has amassed tens of thousands of books, and always observes that he hasn't read most of them. Yet his personal library plays an important role for him as a writer, informing his books with a unique--and fascinating--intertextual layer.

     
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Jorge Luis Borges: Legendary Author, Philosopher, Translator

By Kristin Masters. Aug 24, 2012. 2:38 AM.

Topics: Umberto Eco, Book Collecting, Literature

On this day in 1899, Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Borges would eventually become a leading author and translator not only in Latin America, but also worldwide. Borges’ philosophy and authorial style have influenced numerous authors, most notably Umberto Eco.

     
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