THE READING OF BOOKS (292 pp ]
Holbrook JacksonScrlbner ($3).
Reading "has the virtue of being one of the few entirely disinterested occupations ... being a method of further implementing the art of living by enriching the mind, sharpening the wits, and refining the senses. The end of reading is not more books but more life."
On this theme, Holbrook Jackson, eminent British bibliophile, essayist and editor, begins a leisurely but purposeful wandering through the land of literature. He comments widely on the aims, techniques, and inner lives of writers from Horace to Hemingway, trying always to get behind the props and wings of...