On Readers & Reading


“In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings.” (Amazon)

An “A” list of writers on reading: Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Germaine Greer, Doris Lessing, Edna O'Brien, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend, and more.

“Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books” — Wendy Lesser

“How Reading Changed My Life” — Anna Quindlen

“The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading” — Phyliss Rose

A bit pedantic, like all of Bloom's books, but well worth the read. His meanders are fascinating and useful.

“The Library at Night” — Alberto Manguel

“...a wide range of responses to the question at the heart of literary criticism: how best to read a text to understand its meaning.” (Amazon) Frank Lentricchia

“My Life in Middlemarch” — Rebecca Mead