Nicholas A. Basbanes, former literary editor for the" Worcester
Sunday Telegram," is now a nationally syndicated book columnist. He
lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two
"A massive, comprehensive, and wonderfully readable history of book
collecting and collectors." --David Walton, "The Philadelphia
"Nicholas A. Basbanes has compiled a wonderful gallery of eccentrics, isolatos, charmers and visionaries . . . an ingratiating and altogether enjoyable book." --Michael Dirda, T"he Washington Post Book World"
"A Gentle Madness is an impressive achievement in its compilation of vast information, as well as being instructive and interesting. It is compulsory for anyone seriously interested in books or curious about the manic nature of collecting." --Philip Kopper, "The New York Times Book Review"