Writers’ Libraries


I love looking at pictures of writer’s desks, offices and libraries.

I was poking around my local independent bookstore and found a new book Unpacking My Libraries: Writers and Their Books by Leah Price. Flavorwire has posted several of the images from the book on their site, along with classic images of the libraries of Mark Twain and Eudora Welty. I love the fact that in all of the libraries, despite having wall-to-wall shelves, there are still books piled up on couches and on the floor. It makes me feel good about my own overflowing collection of books. Despite four bookcases, I still have books piled up on the floor and coffee table. I have tried to cull my collection a couple of times, but the books continue to pile up. At least it is a healthy addiction, and as these famous writers’ libraries demonstrate, reading is an essential part of being a writer.


One thought on “Writers’ Libraries

  1. Maybe a reader is like a goldfish? A goldfish will grow according to the size of the bowl it’s in….maybe ANY amount of bookshelves wouldn’t be enough for the truly voracious reader; there will always be the contingent of books relegated to the couch, or stuck horizontally across the neat, vertical rows on the shelf. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it?

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