Books and Libraries

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Discover the magic of books and libraries in this enchanting hardcover Pocket Poets anthology. It celebrates the enduring passion that books and libraries have ignited across ages and cultures worldwide.

Books, revered as "Frigates" transporting us to distant lands by Emily Dickinson, and described by Alberto Rios as "the deli offerings of civilization itself," have inspired poets through the ages. This anthology pays tribute to the sacred spaces of written treasures—the libraries and bookshops where a chorus of authors murmurs inside their books, as beautifully expressed by Billy Collins.

The collection spans from the third-century BCE writer of Ecclesiastes to literary giants like Catullus, Horace, T’ao Ch’ien, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Shakespeare, Goethe, Wordsworth, and more. Modern luminaries such as Borges, Cavafy, Mistral, Stevens, Neruda, Szymborska, Angelou, and Walcott also grace these pages.

With diverse voices celebrating the written word, Books and Libraries is a literary treasure that will find a cherished place on the shelves of book enthusiasts. Everyman’s Library maintains the highest production standards, featuring acid-free cream-colored paper, full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket.