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Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity

by James Raven

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Covers a wide range of examples of "lost" or dispersed libraries in more than the usual depth. The account of the Library of Alexandria, for example, recounts not merely the myth of its complete burning, but also the more likely dissolution over an extended period. For me, the story of Aristotle's library was particularly interesting. The last chapter on the movie Fahrenheit 451 is, however interesting, a bit out of place. ( )
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The book explores the destruction of great libraries since ancient times and examines the intellectual, political and cultural consequences of the loss of books. Fourteen original studies offer the first ever comparative discussion of the greatest catastrophes in book history from Mesopotamia and Alexandria to the dispersal of monastic and monarchical book collections, the Nazi destruction of Jewish libraries, and the recent pillage and burning in Tibet, Bosnia and Iraq.… (more)

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