A. Edward Newton





A. Edward Newton

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born
in Philadelphia, PA, The United States
August 26, 1863

died
September 29, 1940

gender
male

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Alfred Edward Newton (1864—1940) was an American author, publisher, and avid book collector. He is best known for his book Amenities of Book Collecting (1918), which sold over 25,000 copies.

Over a collecting career that covered more than four decades, Newton assembled a library especially rich in British literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. With Chauncey Brewster Tinker (Yale) and Robert B. Adam (Buffalo) he fostered an interest in the English neoclassical writers, especially Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, at a time when their works were largely ignored. Newton promoted them by writing about them and by purchasing first editions of their works. His love of books encompassed the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries a
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The Amenities of Book Colle...
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A Magnificent Farce And Oth...
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End Papers: Literary Recrea...
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This Book Collecting Game
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Bibliography and pseudo-Bib...
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Temple Bar Then and Now
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A Great Victorian: Anthony ...
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Doctor Johnson: A Play
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More books by A. Edward Newton…
“Who was it who said, "I hold the buying of more books than one can peradventure read, as nothing less than the soul's reaching towards infinity; which is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish?" Whoever it was, I agree with him.”
A. Edward Newton, A Magnificent Farce And Other Diversions Of A Book Collector

“The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity...”
A. Edward Newton

“My depth of purse is not so great
Nor yet my bibliophilic greed,
That merely buying doth elate:
The books I buy I like to read:
Still e'en when dawdling in a mead,
Beneath a cloudless summer sky,
By bank of Thames, or Tyne, or Tweed,
The books I read — I like to buy.”
A. Edward Newton, The Amenities of Book Collecting and Kindred Affections

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