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Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion

By: Madeline B. Stern and Leona Rostenberg
Published: ©1997
Pages: 275
Total Copies: 22
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & MemoirsBooks About Books

Description: Louisa May Alcott once wrote that she had taken her pen for a bridegroom. Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern, friends and business partners for 50 years, have taken up their pens and passion for literature in much the same way. Described as the “Holmes and Watson” of the rare book business, Rostenberg and Stern – in addition to many other extraordinary discoveries in their lifetime of literary sleuthing – unlocked the secret of Louisa May Alcott’s hidden life when they discovered her pseudonym, A. M. Barnard, and her anonymously published “blood-and-thunder” stories. Old Books, Rare Friends chronicles the lives of two young New York women whose passion for learning formed the bond of what would become a lifelong friendship.