One-minute review: Book collecting—memories of books the author found, and reflections on the effect they had on him. “I am tracing the spiritual genealogy of certain books that have meant much to me.” Three of the authors whose books he had loved were Walt Whitman, George Gissing (The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft) and Joseph Conrad (Mirror of the Sea).
An interesting exercise would be to think and write about the books readers have read—how they found them, when they read them, where they read them and reflections on how they affected them.
American Essays. Ed. Charles B. Shaw. A Pelican
Book. Mentor : The New American Library. 1948. New York