• The Poetic Voice of Leonard Cohen.

The Poetic Voice of Leonard Cohen.

Although he is now best known for his award-winning songwriting, Canadian musical artist Leonard Cohen had a successful career as a poet and novelist throughout the 1950s and 60s, before the release of his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967. Cohen published his first poems in 1954 as a student at McGill University […]

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  • Celebrating the Life and Work of  V. S. Naipaul

Celebrating the Life and Work of V. S. Naipaul

This week we are celebrating the life and work of prolific Nobel Prize-winning author, V. S. Naipaul who recently passed away at the age of 85 in London, England. The author of over thirty works of both fiction and non-fiction, Naipaul was born in Trinidad to a family with Indian roots. Many of Naipaul’s early […]

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  • In The News: Mandela Remembered.

In The News: Mandela Remembered.

Raptis Rare Books was featured on the front page of the Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet today, July 19th 2018, in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

View the Silver Gelatin Print signed by Nelson Mandela featured in the article here as well as the many other items signed and inscribed by […]

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  • Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s Birth.

Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s Birth.

Wednesday, July 18th marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest moral leaders of the 20th century and the proclaimed “Father of the Nation” of South Africa. The country’s first non-white head of state, Mandela led the political revolution to dismantle the institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination of apartheid South Africa. He came to be […]

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  • Celebrating Independence Day and America’s Founding Fathers.

Celebrating Independence Day and America’s Founding Fathers.

In celebration of Independence Day we are pleased to share some of the rare books and historic documents related to America’s great Founding Fathers, particularly those instrumental in drafting the United States Declaration of Independence. Adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, The United States Declaration of Independence announced the sovereignty of the […]

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  • Joan Didion: Master of Narrative Storytelling

Joan Didion: Master of Narrative Storytelling

Born in Sacramento, California on December 5th 1934, American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Joan Didion created some of the most poignant portraits of American culture throughout the 1960s and 70s. Didion graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 and immediately began her career as a copywriter for Vogue, her work later appearing in […]

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  • Philip Roth: Exploring American Identity

Philip Roth: Exploring American Identity

One of the most awarded American authors of his generation, Philip Roth created some of the most provocative novels exploring American identity through a masterful blending of realism and fiction. Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 19, 1933 Roth attended Bucknell University and later earned a master’s degree in literature from the University of […]

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  • Celebrating the Life and Literary Contributions of Tom Wolfe

Celebrating the Life and Literary Contributions of Tom Wolfe

This week we are celebrating the life and work of American journalist and author Thomas Kennedy Wolfe Jr. who recently passed away on May 14th, 2018 at the age of 88. Tom Wolfe was widely associated with the intensely immersive New Journalism style of news writing that emerged in mid 1960s America; he coined the […]

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  • John Steinbeck: Great Man of Letters

John Steinbeck: Great Man of Letters

Born on February 27th 1902 in Salinas, California, American author John Steinbeck published sixteen novels throughout his lifetime and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. The rich cultural diversity and migratory history of the Salinas Valley distinctly influenced his work as did his experiences struggling to make ends meet during the Great […]

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  • The Scout Guide: How to Create an Impressive Personal Library.

The Scout Guide: How to Create an Impressive Personal Library.

Adrienne Raptis of Raptis Rare Books was recently featured in an interview with The Scout Guide Palm Beach on How To Create an Impressive Personal Library. View the original article, published April 20, 2018 here.

HOW TO CREATE AN IMPRESSIVE PERSONAL LIBRARY
BY THE SCOUT GUIDE April 20, 2018

In addition to serving as beautiful décor and a source of […]

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