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Charlie Lovett

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I was born in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up as the child of an English professor. We spent our summers in the rural North Carolina mountains, so I felt an early affinity for the countryside. I was educated at Summit School, Woodberry Forest School (VA), and Davidson College (NC) and in 1984 went into the antiquarian book business with my first wife, Stephanie. About the same time I began to seriously collect books and other materials relating to Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

When I left the book business in the early 90s, I continued to be a book collector, and now have a large (and growing) collection of rare (and not so rare) books and artifacts connected to Lewis Carroll and his world.

In 1997 I received my MFA
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Charlie Lovett I did not read Monmouth, other than a few excerpts, but I did read a fair amount of Malory. While I read certain sections in the 1634 Stansby edition,…moreI did not read Monmouth, other than a few excerpts, but I did read a fair amount of Malory. While I read certain sections in the 1634 Stansby edition, because I wanted to quote from that edition, I mostly used the 1917 Arthur Rackaham illustrated edition (the one Arthur's grandfather buys him). Incidentally, the copy of that book I have belonged to my grandfather, so there is a nice symmetry to the whole thing. When I taught Arthurian legends to seventh-graders, we used the Roger Lancelyn Green edition (also interesting to me because Green was the original editor of Lewis Carroll's diaries and because I knew his son, Richard—but I digress . . .)(less)
Charlie Lovett Thanks for the question, Alex. I'm in the very early stages of work on my next novel (even though the new one isn't even out yet) so I can't say too…moreThanks for the question, Alex. I'm in the very early stages of work on my next novel (even though the new one isn't even out yet) so I can't say too much because I don't know too much. I do know that parts of it will be set in New York City in the early 20th century and that at least one of the characters grew up on boys adventure novels, yellow-backs, dime, novels, etc. But he also read what we now think of as early science fiction. So, I've been rereading Jules Verne (for example) but also reading (for the first time) H. G. Wells. I'm also trying to delve into the history (and social history) of New York at the time so I've been reading a lot of newspapers from the Library of Congress digital archive. I will probably read some academic studies at some point, but I really prefer that raw reporting one gets in original newspapers—and even if those reports are flawed, they are the reports my characters would have read.(less)
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I don’t like to complain about the generosity of my truelove in this season of giving, however:


Pears are not in season, so I have had to buy several bags of Purina Partridge Chow to feed my twelve partridges. Also, did you know that partridge guano does not wash out of upholstery?


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This is tricky book for me to review, because, like my novels, it is about old books and secrets and English literature. Written by an American and set in England, it just has a lot in common with a Charlie Lovett novel, which makes it hard for me to ...more
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I truly enjoyed this memoir of Moss Hart's early days in the theatre. I had seen the Great Performances broadcast of the Lincoln Center stage version, which I thought was extremely well done. Hart writes beautifully, and it was a treat to have a look ...more
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So, I've been on a non-fiction run for a month or so now. Picked this up at a book sale for a pianist friend, but couldn't resist reading it before I gave it to him. A fascinating and detailed look into Steinway (and piano) history and building (and ...more
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Printer's Error by Rebecca Romney
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I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this forthcoming gem. A delightful romp through the history of printing. I thought I knew a lot about books but I found out all kinds of interesting tidbits and laughed out loud at the same time. Great fun and hig ...more
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What can I say—I love me some Tina! My wife listened to the audio book and I think I might have to do that as well, even though I read the hardcover straight through. She makes me laugh, but more importantly she makes me smile.
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I'll admit, I didn't read this book until after I saw the movie (yes, I saw it in the movie theatre when it first came out), but I have read it multiple times since then. Not only is the story wonderful, but the whole metafictional conceit sets it ap ...more
" Ooh! Wish I were on your list. I loved Bossypants and Princess Bride is an all time favorite. I need to add these to my list of books I have read. "
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“A good book is like a good friend. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. When you first get to know it, it will give you excitement and adventure, and years later it will provide you with comfort and familiarity. And best of all, you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone you love enough to let into its secrets.”
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“What he wanted was to find that world-within-the-world where he could be himself by himself.”
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“If you mail a rare stamp it becomes worthless. If you drink a rare bottle of wine, you're left with some recycling. But if you read a rare book it's still there, it's still valuable, and it's achieved the full measure of it's being. A book is to read, whether it's worth five pounds or five thousand pounds”
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Janice Bolick Happy New Year.


Janice Bolick Thank you for friending me . Just started The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge....love it. Merry Christmas.


 ♥♥Mari♥♥ Hi, Charlie! Thanks for accepting my friend request! It's GREAT to meet you!! Can't wait to read "The Bookman's Tale"!! Happy Thanksgiving!! : )


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