Everette E. Dennis, Edward C. Pease and Craig LaMay
WISE COMMENTATORS have long evaluated books and bookmaking. "Man builds no structure which outlives a book," wrote Eugene Fitch Ware in The Book, and Justin M'Carthy's A Ballade of Book-Making declared, "The critics challenge and defend ... of making books there is no end." Others have written loving odes to the book. Garrison Keillor, for instance: The book is a "great and ancient invention," he marveled, "slow to hatch, as durable as a turtle, light and shapely as befits a descendant of the tree .... A handsome, useful object begotten by the passion for truth ... [books] contain our common life and keep it against the miserable days when meanness operates with a free hand, and save' it for the day when the lonesome reader opens the cover and the word is resurrected."
Everette E. Dennis, Edward C. Pease and Craig LaMay, Eds. Publishing Books. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1997).