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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 25, June 18, 2000, Article 4

WORD OF THE WEEK: BIBLIOPHAGE 

   Another email newsletter which may be of interest 
   to E-Sylum subscribers is A.Word.A.Day, available at 
   this address:  http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/index.html 

   The newsletter's current theme is words about booklovers, 
   and for fun we'll publish some in the next few E-Sylum 
   issues.  Here's the first one: 

   "bibliophage (BIB-lee-uh-fayj), noun 

      An ardent reader; a bookworm. 

     [Biblio- book + -phage one that eats.] 

   "A thousand facts crowd the mind of the bibliophage narrator 
   who recites fragments -- proper names, book titles, writefly 
   quirks--at a dizzying clip." 
   Sybil Steinberg, et al., PW's best books, Publishers Weekly, 
   Nov 1996. 

   So many books, so little time! Do you find yourself muttering 
   these words as you browse the shelves in a library or a bookstore? 
   Rest assured, you are not alone in your love of books.  It was the 
   Dutch writer Desiderius Erasmus who once said, "When I get a 
   little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." 

   This fondness for books subsumes a wide range. At the extreme, 
   books have been ascribed as the motive behind murders (Don 
   Vicente, a Spaniard killed as many as eight people to acquire a 
   book in 1836), and there have been thieves who steal only books 
   (Stephen Blumberg of the US, stole precious books worth 
   millions of dollars from hundreds of university libraries during the 
   1970s and 80s, all for his own pleasure, not for resale)." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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