“Bibliophilia” by N. John Hall
From noted Trollopian scholar and biographer N. John Hall comes a sequel to his 2011 epistolatory novel Correspondence: An Adventure in Letters entitled Bibliophilia: An Epistolary Novel of One Man’s Obsession with Book Collecting. Flush with $400,000 dollars from selling his great great grandfather’s correspondence with Victorian authors, Larry Dickerson, retired bank clerk, amateur editor, and literary neophyte, needs a creative outlet for his newly acquired funds and quickly escalating love of all things bookish.
In Bibliophilia, Dickerson turns his attention to New Yorker authors, with his determination to acquire growing with each new purchase. James Thurber, E.B. White, Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, and Dorothy Parker all find their way onto Larry’s shortlist, standing along previously acquired greats Trollope, Dickens, Thackeray, and Hardy. Being sensible, he approaches the biggest names in the rare book field with childish glee, and with refreshing brashness, finds himself handling copies of authors’ most coveted titles, touring the New Yorker offices, and then involved in one of the biggest scandals book collecting has ever seen. Will the thrill of the chase overwhelm Larry’s ability to see reason? Will his appetite outpace his resources? Join him on this journey as he discovers just how far he’s willing to take his obsession.