Librarian Literature

March 29, 2010 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

ABE Books has compiled a list of “Top 10 Books Written by Librarians,” and it’s quite a surprise to see which authors have worked in libraries.

AbeBooks loves librarians. Librarians love AbeBooks. (And we think everyone else loves librarians too aside from the bean-counters who keep cutting their budgets.) This email salutes those great lovers of books, literacy and reading – the world’s librarian community – and we’re highlighting some wonderful books written by librarians themselves.

Who but a person surrounded by books could be better qualified to write? Many an author has been born and developed in the stacks. The list does not feature the following librarian/writers – John Braine, Lewis Carroll, Archibald MacLeish, Nancy Pearl, Kit Pearson, Benjamin Franklin, Christopher Okigbo, Marcel Proust, and Ina Coolbrith – but we could easily have included their books.

And here’s the list (in no particular order):

  • The Less Deceived by Philip Larkin: The 1955 poetry collection that made his name – Larkin was a librarian at the University of Hull.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: Her 1962 science fiction classic (rejected by many publishers) – L’Engle worked as a librarian in New York.
  • The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges: The Nobel Prize winner was a municipal librarian in Argentina – this 1949 collection is one of his best.
  • Little Big Man by Thomas Berger: This 1964 novel became a movie in 1970. Berger worked as a librarian and journalist.
  • Star Man’s Son by Alice Mary Norton: A post-apocalyptic tale from 1952 – Norton was a librarian in Cleveland and the Library of Congress.
  • Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson: An ex-librarian AND bookseller, Petterson’s novel was one of the NY Times’ books of the year in 2007.
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler: This former librarian won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985 with this novel.
  • The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot by Angus Wilson: A librarian in the British Museum, Wilson’s 1958 novel won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
  • At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor: Taylor was a governess, teacher and librarian – this book was her debut novel in 1945.
  • Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem: Breem was a legal manuscripts librarian in London – a Roman General is the hero of this historical novel.

Entry filed under: Public Libraries, Recreational Reading.

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