Phrases with "book"

E. F. Benson Now Mr. Robinson died in May 1846, eleven years before Mrs. Gaskell’s book appeared, and his will was proved in September of the same year. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Gissing A book worth rising for; much better worth than old Burton, who pulled Johnson out of bed. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Me there was little chance that the attorney should meet; but my book he might easily have met (supposing always that the warrant of Sus. per coil. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was generally Mr. Addison’s “Spectator;” but one year, I remember, we had to read “Sturm’s Reflections” translated from a German book Mrs. Medlicott recommended. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Robert Louis Stevenson However, this last is better business; if only the book had come when I ordered it! a Propos, many of the books you announce don’t come as a matter of fact. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence She asked him for a book to read. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

It is bound to be a failure, every book is a failure, but I do know with some clarity what kind of book I want to write. Collected Essays by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence As he sealed the envelope he said: “Read a book! Why, she’s never read a book in her life. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling There was no book to sign; he thrust the letter into Mrs. Hauksbee’s bearer’s hands and went off to smoke with a friend. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

James Joyce That book by the Belgian jesuit, Le nombre des elus, seemed to Father Conmee a reasonable plea. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George MacDonald He was sitting at the foot of a great beech-tree, a few yards from the road, with a book on his knees. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Another thing again, all those sketches your brother made in that exercise book were not done in a few minutes, and that also suggests he was staying in the house for quite a little time. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

As a matter of fact, A Tale of Two Cities is a book which tends to leave a false impression behind, especially after a lapse of time. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Alfred Ainger He urges quite fairly that to say a book “wants a sounder religious feeling,” is to say either too much or too little. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Every night, just at midnight, I used to wake from awful dreams — and the book lay open before me at the last page, where was written ‘Finis.’ I had strange feelings. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Gissing There was not a book in his shop of which he did not possess some accurate knowledge, quite distinct from those technicalities of the trade which a bookseller usually possesses. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

G. K. Chesterton I happen to possess a book of Mr. Max Beerbohm’s caricatures, one of which depicts the unfortunate poet in question. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

On the other hand, the identity of authorship gives a continuity of attraction to the short stories in a book which forms that exhausting strain upon the imagination of the involuntary copartner. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope A voter considers himself to be noticed if he gets a book; he likes to have the book bound, and the bigger the book may be, the more the compliment is relished. North America by Anthony Trollope

These I was compelled to utter from memory, for I have told you that they had not left a book in my cell. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

He was seated by the window and was writing in the little book that I knew was his diary. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Yet Mrs. Creevey’s book is not one to lend itself to such a deceit by any of the ordinary arts. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

William Makepeace Thackeray Two days afterwards a gentleman with whom I was in company left on a rock his book of fishing-flies; and I can assure you there was a very different feeling expressed about he safety of that. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

John Galsworthy According to you, there is no harm in a book like ‘Canthar’?” “There ought to be none. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Here the volume again opened of itself, and a blot of ink on the page seemed to indicate that the open book had been leant upon by a person engaged in making memoranda of its contents. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she printed FINIS in large capitals, put the book back in the drawer, and crept into bed. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

She was busy entertaining some friends, but the book he wanted was put into his hands immediately. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Henry James Rowland had a book in his pocket, and he took it out and opened it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Walter Scott But it is a mercy our good knight did not see him ruffle the book at that rate — Mercy on us, there would certainly have been bloodshed. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Wilkie Collins Well, my dear Journal, how did I feel — after longing for Oscar — when Oscar came to me? It is dreadful to own it; but my book locks up, and my book can be trusted with the truth. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Leon Trotsky I followed him with excitement in Berlin in 1910, when he perseveringly tried to understand my book on German Social Democracy. The October Revolution found my father a very prosperous man. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells He was carrying a small, violet-covered book in his hands, and his lips were moving as though he forced himself to attend to precious rather than congenial words. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Virginia Woolf And I began to read the book again, and read how Chloe watched Olivia put a jar on a shelf and say how it was time to go home to her children. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

I was turning to go into the dining-room when my eye fell upon a book bound in yellow, standing in a corner of the top shelf of the last bookcase. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

John Galsworthy If he ventured to draw Fleur’s attention to the contrast, she would say: “My dear boy, that’s like a book by Gurdon Minho; you’re getting sentimental. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins If I could produce no extract from the original book to compare with the certified copy at Knowlesbury, I could produce no positive evidence, and could threaten him with no fatal exposure. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was called the “Scottish Chiefs.” The little boy (who is now ancient and not little) read this book in the summer-house of his great grandmamma. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Virginia Woolf He took up a book and read a sentence. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Wilkie Collins The little book of Hartright’s drawings — the fatal book that she will dream over whenever she is alone — was in one of her hands. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Bartine took a book from the table and began reading. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Florence Dixie What wonder ? But his thoughts were growing sad, so he shook himself and sat up, at the same time opening the blotting book before him. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Thomas Love Peacock There is no place, in which a man can move or sit, in which the outside of a book can be otherwise than an innocent and becoming spectacle. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Robert Green Ingersoll Every one! Every book has been written by man. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

James Joyce Show me that complaint book here. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence I feel I could write a book on them. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Maggie, standing at the window, looked down on the courtyard, and saw her husband’s book cracked across with shadow from the vine above; and the glass that stood beside him glowed yellow. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells But before I finish this chapter and book altogether and go on with the great adventure of my uncle’s career. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The book that moved me most, in our stay of six months at Ashtabula, was then beginning to move the whole world more than any other book has moved it. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope I may say with truth that my book has sprung from love of the man, and from a heartfelt admiration of his virtues and his conduct, as well as of his gifts. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Ford Madox Ford It was like opening a book after a decade to find the words the same. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

G. K. Chesterton It is here that many readers of this splendid book have been subtly and secretly irritated. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Gertrude Stein The Making of Americans is a book one thousand pages long, closely printed on large pages. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

But the whole book is simply an earnest expression of a pious wish; and, like the generality of pious wishes, this one seems of little dynamic valuebesides being impracticable. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Thomas Wolfe I’ve known a lot of young fellows who froze up after their first book, and it wasn’t because they had only that one book in them, either. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Andrew Lang Certainly nobody is to be envied who does not laugh over the epistles of Winifred Jenkins. The book is too well known for analysis. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell Why don’t you keep up your French? There was some French book that Molly was reading — Le Regne Animal, I think. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing Peak was in a mood to enjoy the crackling fire; he settled himself with a book in his easy-chair, and thought with pleasure of two hours’ reading, before the appearance of the homely teapot. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll And why? Because each generation bodes forth the knowledge and the belief of the people at the time it was made, and in no book is there any knowledge found, except that of the people who wrote it. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Louis Stevenson I am desperately hunted to finish my Samoa book before the mail goes; this last chapter is equally delicate and necessary. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Now don’t suppose that I fancy the book to be a tenth part as good as you say it is. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle DEAR SIR, I hope you will forgive us for not answering your letter sooner and thanking you for the beautiful book you so kindly sent to Elsie. She is delighted with it. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Olaf Stapledon But — well, there are things he wrote in his notes and his book that I can’t really grasp. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins His wife had sunk into a chair, her brother was locking up in a cabinet the book which he had promised to take care of for her. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Accordingly, no conversation took place between us on the journey and I was not sorry for it, as I was interested in a book he had bought for me at the station bookstall. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Virginia Woolf This lady, who wrote a book “advocating the employment of young ladies as nurses for children”, says: “ . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

H.P. Lovecraft The book fell open, almost of its own accord and as if from frequent consultation at this place, to the repellent twelfth plate showing a butcher’s shop amongst the Anzique cannibals. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Edith Wharton She was forty when the book was completed. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Anthony Trollope Given the absolute faculty of reading, the task of going through the pages of a book must be, of all tasks, the most certainly within the grasp of the man or woman who attempts it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

He went through the row of books very much as he had gone through the row about the Hebrides in the sitting-room at Clune, gutting each book with a swift practised eye. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing My book shall declare the emancipation of all the better minds and be a help to those who are struggling upwards. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The King in Yellow lay at her feet, but the book was open at the second part. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

E. F. Benson Georgie went to the lending library, and found that the book Lucia wanted had come, but he preferred to have it sent to Mallards: hands, after all, were meant to take hold of handles. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

I only wish he had written a book about gloves; for your glove-maker’s idea of anatomy is simply absurd. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

I vaguely remember his speaking of the books of chivalry it was meant to ridicule; but a boy could not care for this, and what I longed to do at once was to get that book and plunge into its story. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Arthur Morrison He bowed to the coroner, kissed the book with a flourish, and glanced round the court to judge how much of the due impression was yet visible. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Gissing Well, but I was talking about Jedwood. Why not offer him this book of yours? He’s eager to get hold of the new writers. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope They agreed to publish the book on my terms, and bade me God-speed on my journey. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Indolence grew upon her; sometimes she spent the whole day in a dressing-gown, seated or reclining, with a book in her hand, or totally unoccupied. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It is foreign to, indeed, quite out of place in, a book which professes neither message nor mission. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Virginia Woolf The book was fascinating and the hour late. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

How will that do? I am glad to hear your book is going through the press, and you will be nearer your proof-sheets here. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

At last, informed by M. Lamartine’s book where I was to be found, she took this extraordinary determination, and in the spring I expect her. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

G. K. Chesterton It is typical that he said that a story must have one general tendency; and that in the whole book there must not be a single word “that looks the other way. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edgar Rice Burroughs To me, bent over my book here, there has been no lapse of time. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Virginia Woolf He put down his pipe, placed his book on one side, and rose and led her slowly round the room, holding her by the arm. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Charles Kingsley This is a short sketch of the contents of a book which is a really valuable addition to English literature, and which is as interesting as it is instructive. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

And if I had found such a book in the examination room I would have brought it to you at once. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

In the evening he sent her to her room for a book of his, and when she brought it to him where he lay upon the lounge in the library he detained her a moment. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The book of Nature is the book of Fate. She turns the gigantic pages, — leaf after leaf, — never returning one. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Let me hope, Allen, that the book will reappear tomorrow. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Virginia Woolf She wondered what book it was. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Sir Richard Burton So they wrote this and named it The Stories of the Thousand Nights and a Night. The book came to thirty volumes, and these the King laid up in his treasury. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope The book is robbed of its integrity by a certain good-humoured geniality of language, which causes the reader to be almost too much at home with his author. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

There was no conversation, and everybody had brought a book or a magazine which they diligently studied. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

In the last lecture of my book I candidly admitted this inferiority of pluralism. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Arthur Conan Doyle I closed my door behind me and sat down, with a book in my hand, but with my mind too much excited to comprehend the contents. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Algernon Blackwood Their eyes make me remember “ he turned abruptly to the open book upon the doctor’s knee. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu If you were called on to book up, d’ye see, there might remain very little to show for your six hundred a-year. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Edith Wharton One day she wrote begging Lady St Helier to invite to dinner, at a date when she, the daughter, was to be in London, a young writer whose first book had caused a passing flutter. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Henry David Thoreau One man proposed a book in which visitors should write their names, as at the White Mountains; but, alas! I have too good a memory to make that necessary. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope It was required that the first portion of my book should be in the printer’s hands within a month. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Bacon sent the book about to his friends with explanatory letters. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Thomas Hardy The auctioneer’s book gave the name of Mrs. Higgins, 3 Canley Passage, as the purchaser of the lot which had included Mrs. Manston’s workbox. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry Kingsley What were you going to read when that unlucky book fell downstairs?” “Demosthenes.” “Let me come in and sit with you, Charley dear, and look out the words; you don’t know how clever I am. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Monomania is not interesting, and the fact that no nationalist of the more bigoted kind can write a book which still seems worth reading after a lapse of years has a certain deodorising effect. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

George Gissing If I’m not mistaken, I can make a brilliant book, a book that will excite hatred and make my name known. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sinclair Lewis But now this — this old book on saddlery. Things by Sinclair Lewis

With the best, or the worst, will in the world, no publisher can force a book into acceptance. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell I read the book o’ Revelations until I know it off by heart, and I never doubt when I’m waking, and in my senses, of all the glory I’m to come to. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing It’s easy enough to understand, ain’t it? I took a book home for her the other day, but she didn’t seem to care about it. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Virginia Woolf Didn’t she write her poetry in a book bound like an account book lest Giles might suspect? She looked at Giles. He had finished his fish; he had eaten quickly, not to keep them waiting. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

H. G. Wells The book was banned by libraries and preached against by earnest clergymen. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Oscar Wilde The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Sing–Song was a book of verses for children. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Then it was as though a book were opened before me—the book of the life of Polly Finch—or rather of Gwendoline’s soul in Polly Finch’s body. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Willa Cather Beside it lay a book and a workbasket. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Willa Cather He closed the book he was reading, stood by the rail, and taking off his hat began solemnly to quote from a poet who in his time was still popular. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Lucy Maud Montgomery She had been reading, but her book had slipped to the floor, and now she was dreaming, with a smile on her parted lips. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson I read him up in every printed book that I could lay my hands on. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tobias Smolle As soon as day broke he opened one of the doors, and going in to Sir Launcelot, read a book for some time, which we did suppose to be the constitutions of knight-errantry. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Then an Irishman who is an electroplater and in the telephone book is not hard to pick out. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Henry Handel Richardson Directly it came to book or head-learning, she thought of herself as dull and slow. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim So far as she was concerned, I could see that it was a pretence, for she held her book upside down, and for my part, I did not make a correct stitch. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

William Morris The borders designed for this book were only used once again, in Hand and Soul. The plot of the story was suggested by that of Havelok the Dane, printed by the Early English Text Society. 29b. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

He has done what — Here the conversation ceased in the other room, the Countess made a movement of advance and I closed the book with an inward groan over my ill-luck. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli I will give orders for them to book an inside place for the poodle, and send him down by the coach immediately, I must be off now. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry James He always had a book in his pocket, and he lay under whispering trees and kicked his heels and made up his mind on what side he should take Verena the next time. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

T. E. Lawrence So meshed in nerves and hesitation, it could not be a thing to be afraid of; yet it was a real beast, and this book its mangy skin, dried, stuffed and set up squarely for men to stare at. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The book had been grand if the Hebraism had been omitted and the law stated without Gothicism, as ethics, and with that scope for ascension of state which the nature of things requires. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

G. K. Chesterton One was outside Barcelona, where the proprietor was an authentic American gangster, who had actually written a book of confessions about his own organised robbing and racketeering. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Maria Edgeworth She made a stronger effort to withdraw the book but he held it fast. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

But at sight of my respectful form standing with bent head in the doorway, she hurriedly thrust the letter into a book and took up the placque. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

She has been working at this new book all winter with a fervour and concentration which her isolation has helped to bring about. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jeremy Bentham A book of jurisprudence can have but one or the other of two objects: 1. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

George Gissing Yes, he should certainly write a book on the Bahamas, if only to expose the monstrous system of misgovernment which accounted for the sterility into which these islands had fallen. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Virginia Woolf He put on a faded crimson dressing-gown, and a pair of red slippers, and advanced to Denham with a tumbler in one hand and a well-burnished book in the other. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Borrow They were clamorous for a gabicote, or book in the Gypsy tongue. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

John Lewis Burckhard Every village being rated for the Miri in the land-tax book of the Pasha, at a fixed sum, that sum is levied as long as the village is at all inhabited, however few may be its inhabitants. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Gertrude Stein About the time when a book is borrowed is the time to return it and leave it. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

He determined to write a book which should be, not the sparkling record of an ingenious traveller, but a work of propaganda and a declaration of faith. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

John Galsworthy The modern soul, in the intricate turmoil of its sophistication, was to Soames a book which, if not sealed, had its pages still uncut. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Arnold Bennett She relinquished the book and calmly sat down as he entered. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Then one day a man called and left a book and the little bundle of papers — a handful only — which the detectives had confiscated. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Julian Hawthorne The effect was rather as of a weary reader reading from a book than as of one who talks spontaneously, there was no hesitation, no rise and fall, no fire, no faltering. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Sir Walter Scott The reader may consult Dame Juliana Berners’ book on the subject. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

If I wrote a book I could say no more than I mean to suggest to you in these few lines. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells I don’t know if any of you have seen that great fat book by Baron Schrenck–Notzing. Sort of like a scientific book. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell I did not see the sweeping moors when I walked out: when I held a book in my hand, and read the words, their sense did not penetrate to my brain. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

I didn’t catch his meaning until an old man with a very ragged gown was handing up a book to a row of others in a box so near that I could almost have touched them. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

He wrote a book on Number which has translations in every European language. Space by John Buchan [1911]

Andrew Lang He happened to be reading a book many hundreds of years old, which told of remedies for all kinds of diseases. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Any soldier capable of reading a book of verse would notice at once that Kipling is almost unconscious of the class war that goes on in an army as much as elsewhere. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

This book has suffered the inevitable parody. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Anthony Trollope The book was undoubtedly clever, and men read it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

G. K. Chesterton Doone is a doddering old fraud! He wrote one book that was boomed when I was a baby, and he’s never opened a book since. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

He called Darwin “our British Aristotle.” Eothen515 was “that book of books. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

William Morris This book was published in November, 1889, and its author declared it to be the best-looking book issued since the seventeenth century. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Thomas Hardy Was it at Delborough?” “No. It was not there, Marty. Would it had been! It would have saved — saved —” To check her tears she turned, and seeing a book on the window-bench, took it up. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

His hostess brought out Plaxmau’s designs for Dante, just received from Professor Felton of Harvard, [Footnote: The book may have been Felton’s Homer with Flaxman’s drawings, issued in 1833. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Sinclair Lewis But the confounded insistence of the Senator had so bothered him that he banged a book on his table and strolled outside. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

So, too, one notable book has, here even more than elsewhere, often set going hosts of imitations. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson Laying down his book he ran out. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I have a book here which tells all about them. Prester John by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton All his grumblings through this book of American Notes, all his shrieking satire in Martin Chuzzlewit are expressions of a grave and reasonable fear he had touching the future of democracy. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

William Henry Hudson But what a wonderfully beautiful book it is! I was just thinking what some of the great London book-buyers — Quaritch, for instance — would be tempted to give for it. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Willa Cather The book ends with Jacob, for however much the story is Joseph’s, it is always Jacob’s. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

James Clerk Maxwell There is a uniformity among the different bullets which are cast in the same mould, and the different copies of a book printed from the same type. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Robert Green Ingersoll The book I have taken pains to say was not written by any God. And why do I say so? Because I can write a far better book myself. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

He wrote two comedies, three tragedies, and a book of poems, which were all reprinted in two vols. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Sinclair Lewis As a substitute for the other gifts which Biddy wanted from moment to moment, Vestal had bought for her a fifteen-cent book of “comic strips. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

The earlier is on a book of prayers of the fifteenth century, bound in canvas, and worked with 'tapisserie de soie au petit point,' or as I should call it, tent-, or tapestry-, stitch. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Sometimes a book fair to see may — to use a lofty expression — have no individual soul. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Charles Dickens It was appointed that the book should shut with a spring, for ever and for ever, when I had read but a page. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

The publisher has not made any more, if quite as much as the author, and until a book has sold two thousand copies the division is fair enough. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Walter Scott There lay some articles of needle-work on a small table, besides a lute, with a book having some airs written down in it, and a frame for working embroidery. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Andrew Lang Bishop Westcott was at Cambridge when the book appeared: he is one of Mr Harrison’s possible sources of Tennyson’s ideas. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

I think that would be quite enough for Rorie, if he and I were to be much together; for I don’t believe he ever opens a book at all. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Maria Edgeworth The service was in Hebrew: but I had a book with a translation of it. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

E. F. Benson The book she wanted was on the table in the window, and before she lit a candle she crossed the room to get it. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Leslie Stephen The book which so faithfully reflects the peculiarities of its hero and its author became the first specimen of a new literary type. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

And for this reason Aristotle in the fourth book of his Meteora seems not unfairly to separate iron from all the rest of the metals. On the Magnet by William Gilber

George Eliot The book was open before him, and he bent his head a little towards it, while everybody watched him eagerly. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

This was very pleasant to me to see, because a book was a miracle to me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Maria Edgeworth Come off, Harry, come! Phoo! phoo! That book will keep cold, and what is it? Oh! the last volume of Sir Charles — not worth troubling your eyes with. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton Vance rambled on from glory to glory, slowly, amazedly, and then, out of sheer gluttony, pushed the book under his chair, like a dog hiding a bone, and wandered back to the magic shelves for more. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope He would take a book with him, and would seat himself down on spots which he loved, and would pretend to read — but I do not think that he got much advantage from his book. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Borrow Thou callest thyself a Christian, yet the book of Christ thou persecutest; thou huntest it even to the sea-shore, compelling it to seek refuge upon the billows of the sea. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Gissing Honestly speaking, was the book worth much? The writing had at first amused him; in the end it had grown a task. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald DICK: He’s a man who prefers the first edition of a book to the last edition of a newspaper. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Where the second book departs from the earlier one is in asserting that the whole process could be somewhat moralised if the facts were faced more honestly. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

He had taken down the book he wanted when his eyes happened to fall upon the box under the bottom shelf. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells I took the book from his hand and read, “The Works of William Shakespeare”. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Anthony Trollope All that is said in the first book may be found scattered through his philosophic treatises. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. F. Benson Then after the break she made up her mind, and the book moves swiftly to its appointed end. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Here it is my political book comes to an end, and in a sense my book ends altogether. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Francis Bacon For there being at that time, in this land, Hebrews, Persians, and Indians, besides the natives, everyone read upon the book and letter, as if they had been written in his own language. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

The country had paid no heed to it, had gone on to the expensive lessons of the War because of the dull aversion our people feel for all such intimations, and so I could read it as a book justified. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Rudyard Kipling He may be constitutionally lazy; or he may be overstrained, and so take refuge in a book to rest himself. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Robert Louis Stevenson There is no quite good book without a good morality; but the world is wide, and so are morals. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

He sat down to enter the book on the girl’s ticket, but his hands had begun trembling so that he could hardly do it. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell