Umberto Eco and the personal library

In his essay “Borges and My Anxiety of Influence,” Umberto Eco suggests that a large personal library is “not just a place to keep books one has already read but primarily a deposit for books to be read at some future date, when one feels the need to read them” and that “between the moment when the book first came to us and the moment when we opened it … you realize that even that book you had not read was still part of your mental heritage and perhaps had influenced you profoundly.”

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~ by severalfourmany on November 11, 2012.

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