• Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature

Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature

Nobel Prize in Literature Laureates Pearl S. Buck, George Bernard Shaw, Rabindranath Tagore, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Winston S. Churchill

Awarded annually since 1901, The Nobel Prize in Literature is given to any author “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction” (Alfred Nobel). One of five […]

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  • In the News: Raptis Rare Books Awarded “Best in Palm Beach County” by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine

In the News: Raptis Rare Books Awarded “Best in Palm Beach County” by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine

We have recently been awarded as one of the best places for “literary scene” in Palm Beach county by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine. This is what they have to say:

“Lovers of the written word are particularly smitten with Raptis Rare Books. A recent addition to Worth Avenue, Raptis specializes in first editions and inscribed copies of […]

By |September 3rd, 2017|For the love of books, News, Prizes and Awards|Comments Off on In the News: Raptis Rare Books Awarded “Best in Palm Beach County” by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine
  • The Life and Works of Albert Einstein

The Life and Works of Albert Einstein

Perhaps best known for the development of his mass–energy equivalence formula, E = mc2, German born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein’s surname has practically become synonymous with the term ‘genius’ in modern popular culture. Einstein received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1921 for his “services to theoretical physics” which included his development of the general theory […]

By |January 25th, 2017|Creating a Collection, For the love of books, History, Prizes and Awards, Rare book highlights, Science and Philosophy|Comments Off on The Life and Works of Albert Einstein
  • Robert and John F. Kennedy

Robert and John F. Kennedy

The famous Kennedy family first sailed to America from Ireland in 1849. Sometimes called the “Royal Family of America,” the Kennedy’s political influence began with P.J. Kennedy and was carried all the way through John F. Kennedy’s presidency, while his brothers Robert and Ted held positions as prominent senators. But while everyone knows the Kennedy’s in […]

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Remembering the Life and Works of Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer was a famous South African writer and political activist, using her talents to help shed light on moral and racial issues. She was known for her involvement in HIV/AIDS causes as well as the anti-apartheid movement. She was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991.

Nadine Gordimer was born outside of […]

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  • Author Spotlight – John Updike

Author Spotlight – John Updike

John Updike’s most famous work is his series on Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom: Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, Rabbit At Rest, and the novella “Rabbit Remembered.” They chronicle Rabbit’s life from young adult to his death, winning Updike the Pulitzer Prize for both Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit At Rest (1990). While these […]

By |October 25th, 2011|Authors, Prizes and Awards|Comments Off on Author Spotlight – John Updike
  • New York and The Age of Innocence

New York and The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence was recently named the greatest New York novel of all time by New York Magazine’s critic, Sam Anderson. Here is what he writes:

“New York is, famously, the everything bagel of megalopolises—one of the world’s most diverse cities, defined by its churning mix of religions, ethnicities, social classes, attitudes, lifestyles, […]

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  • Among Nobels

Among Nobels

At Raptis Rare Books, one of our specialties is signed first editions written by Nobel Prize winners. Therefore, the announcement of the new Nobel prize winners are always a fun time for us. Today, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa and our congratulations go out to him.

The Nobel Prize is […]

By |October 7th, 2010|Prizes and Awards|Comments Off on Among Nobels
  • Jose Saramago, we will miss you.

Jose Saramago, we will miss you.

On June 18th the world lost a legend in the literary world. Portuguese-born Nobel-prize winner Jose Saramago died at the age of 87 and was mourned by over 20,000 people in Lisbon at his funeral last week.

Saramago was born Jose de Sousa to a family of landless peasants. His father was nicknamed Saramago, which means […]

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