• 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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  • In the News: Matthew Raptis and Antiquarian Books.

In the News: Matthew Raptis and Antiquarian Books.

The following article was recently published in the Local Business Feature of the December 2018 issue of Boca Magazine. To read the full article follow the link and navigate to page 82 in the flipbook.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • 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 […]

By |June 18th, 2018|Authors, For the love of books, Literature|Comments Off on Joan Didion: Master of Narrative Storytelling
  • 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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  • 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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  • The Transatlantic Literature of Henry James

The Transatlantic Literature of Henry James

Born on April 15th 1843, American author Henry James was regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and modernism, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists of the English language. James is one of the major figures of trans-Atlantic literature. His works frequently juxtapose characters from the Old World, embodying a feudal civilization that is “beautiful, often […]

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