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Burning the Books by Richard Ovenden review: we can't keep all records – so what do we destroy?
Books get burnt, online data will be wiped. Is there a failsafe way to preserve knowledge? By Christopher Howse
It is undoubtedly true
It is undoubtedly true*, but in every library there are considerable numbers of important contributions to literature which are simply buried neglected for want of proper research, because by an accident of birth they appear in a volume with other equally important works, which have been lumped together without any distinguishing title pages, or have been disguised under some misleading title.
There has never been a question as to the desirability of getting at this hidden material, but the question of ability to carry out the work with the limited resources at the disposal of many has long taxed readers.
It is this conundrum that Cosmo Books.co.uk has solved for many readers. With over 150,000 titles in stock our unparalleled stocks are the go-to resource you need today.
*From the Prefatory Notes, The John Rylands Library, Manchester: An Analytical Catalogue of the Contents of the Two editions of "An English Garner", Manchester, 1909.
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Spirit of the age
A passionate polemicist and radical Romantic, William Hazlitt was the most brilliant essayist of his day. But since his death 170 years ago, he has been largely forgotten. Now, as a monument to Hazlitt is unveiled in Soho, Tom Paulin welcomes a revival of interest in a timeless critic of pomp and power.