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Tagsnovel (1,182), philosophy (609), fiction (334), poetry (270), literary criticism (246), music (231), essays (223), 20th cen british literature (191), literary biography (171), american literature (170) — see all tags

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About meI grew up in a home surrounded by books. One wall of our living room was book shelves filled with books from classic to contemporary and I had my own books from the moment I could read; thus I have been a bibliophile all my life. My eclectic reading interests focus mainly on the humanities. Through participation in literature classes and discussion groups I am continuing my education. Long ago I received a BA in economics and an MS in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. More recently I have been spurred by courses in the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and courses at the Newberry Library. I enjoy reading novels, history, biographies, literary criticism and commmonplace books (James, Enright, Auden and Connoly).

"The sight of the cover of a book one has previously read retains, woven into the letters of its title, the moonbeams of a far-off summer night." - Marcel Proust --

About my libraryMy library encompasses a wide variety of subjects with a primary emphasis on fiction, philosophical, poetic, musical and historical works. Some works are saved from my youth while I have collected some Folio Society, biography and literature in translation over the years. I agree with Proust who described a book as "magic as potent as the deepest slumber".

GroupsBBC Radio 3 Listeners, Books Compared, Books in Books, Books on Books, Chicagoans, Classical Music, Gay Men, Libertarian and Market Liberals, Literary Snobs, Philosophy and Theoryshow all groups

Favorite authorsAristotle, W. H. Auden, Jacques Barzun, Claude Frédéric Bastiat, Samuel Beckett, Sybille Bedford, Alan Bennett, Isaiah Berlin, Jorge Luis Borges, Alfred Brendel, Richard Brookhiser, Anthony Burgess, Albert Camus, Elias Canetti, Lewis Carroll, Winston S. Churchill, J. M. Coetzee, Joseph Conrad, Hart Crane, Guy Davenport, Michael Dirda, Alexandre Dumas, John Enright, Antony Flew, Milton Friedman, Roger Martin du Gard, José Ortega y Gasset, André Gide, Graham Greene, Julien Green, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lars Gustafsson, Knut Hamsun, F. A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Hermann Hesse, Gilbert Highet, Paul Hindemith, Christopher Hitchens, Eric Hoffer, Sidney Hook, Victor Hugo, David Hume, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Ryszard Kapuściński, Nikos Kazantzakis, Rudyard Kipling, Wolfgang Koeppen, Arthur Koestler, Milan Kundera, Pär Lagerkvist, John Locke, John Lukacs, Maurice Maeterlinck, Naguib Mahfouz, Alberto Manguel, Thomas Mann, Simon Mawer, Czesław Miłosz, Ludwig von Mises, Michel de Montaigne, James Morrow, Iris Murdoch, Robert Musil, Vladimir Nabokov, V. S. Naipaul, Robert Nozick, Sherwin B. Nuland, George Orwell, Orhan Pamuk, Tim Parks, Walker Percy, David Plante, Marcel Proust, James Purdy, Raymond Queneau, Mary Renault, Gregor von Rezzori, Romain Rolland, Charles Rosen, Murray N. Rothbard, James Salter, George Santayana, Jose Saramago, Simon Schama, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Sowell, George Steiner, Robert Louis Stevenson, David Storey, Colm Tóibín, A. E. van Vogt, Jules Verne, Edmund White, Oscar Wilde, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstores57th Street Books, Booklegger's Used Books, Bookworks, Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music, The Book Cellar, The Gallery Bookstore

Favorite librariesArt Institute of Chicago - Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library - Lincoln Park Branch, Newberry Library


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LocationChicago, Illinois

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Member sinceSep 29, 2006

Currently readingWittgenstein's nephew : a friendship by Thomas Bernhard
The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels by Agota Kristof
Who's in Charge? by Michael S. Gazzaniga
WAGNER - V279 (Vintage master musicians) by Barry Millington
Exiles in America: A Novel by Christopher Bram
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