• Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.

Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.

Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford as a month of national observance in 1970 during the United States Bicentennial where he urged American citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Many of the most celebrated and influential […]

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  • Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Lecture and Book Signing with Margaret Wilesmith

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Lecture and Book Signing with Margaret Wilesmith

We are pleased to welcome award-winning copywriter and creative director Margaret Wilesmith for a discussion on her new book Too Good To Eat: Beautiful Food Packaging From Around the World.

Margaret Wilesmith has been published in the PR News Guide to Best Practices in Nonprofit Communication and is a Founding Director of the Palm Beach Book Festival.

Whether you are a […]

By |January 15th, 2019|Authors, Events|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Lecture and Book Signing with Margaret Wilesmith
  • The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

Attributed to the singular ancient Greek poet Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey are considered to be, not only, the most important works of ancient Greek literature but the oldest extant works of Western literature. The epic poems were likely composed near the end of the 8th century B.C.E. in the Greek coastal region of Anatolia […]

By |November 15th, 2018|Authors, For the love of books, History, Literature|Comments Off on The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
  • 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 […]

By |September 1st, 2018|Authors, For the love of books, Literature|Comments Off on Celebrating the Life and Work of V. S. Naipaul
  • 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 […]

By |May 24th, 2018|Authors, For the love of books, Literature|Comments Off on Philip Roth: Exploring American Identity
  • 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 […]

By |May 17th, 2018|Authors, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Celebrating the Life and Literary Contributions of Tom Wolfe
  • 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 […]

By |April 30th, 2018|Authors, Literature|Comments Off on John Steinbeck: Great Man of Letters
  • The Big Game Hunting Epics of President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Big Game Hunting Epics of President Theodore Roosevelt.

The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt was a prolific and skilled writer, publishing over 40 books on a range of topics including military history, natural history, conservation, biography, and editorial commentary throughout his lifetime. Known for his vigorous, robustly masculine persona, Roosevelt embraced a strenuous lifestyle and led an adventurous and well-traveled […]

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  • Join Us For an Evening with Ed Lamont discussing Addison Mizner: Exotic Society Architect

Join Us For an Evening with Ed Lamont discussing Addison Mizner: Exotic Society Architect

 

Raptis Rare Books is pleased to welcome acclaimed speaker and historian Edwin Lamont as he discusses the intriguing history of Addison Mizner: Exotic Society Architect.

 Addison Mizner brought forth the distinctive Mizner style of architecture, interior, and landscape design in Palm Beach. From the mind of Mizner sprung private clubs, oceanfront and lakeside mansions,

and the Worth Avenue […]

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