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Books: Daily bread or daily bettering?

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Books: Daily bread or daily bettering?
Manchester UK Guardian; Page 8 7Aug99
By Ian Sansom


Book Review; A Few Not-So-Trivial Pursuits to Master;
Los Angeles Times; page 3 2Aug99 L2
By Merle Rubin: Special to the Times

FOR THE LOVE OF IT Amateuring and Its Rivals; by Wayne Booth;
University of Chicago Press; $22, 238 pages

These reviews from England and Los Angeles look at a new book from LDS author Wayne C. Booth, a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Chicago. Booth also wrote The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961) and A Rhetoric of Irony (1974).

Both reviews compliment the book and its look at "amateuring." Instead of "amateur" status being taken as a notch below "professional", Booth writes of "amateur" as being an almost purer devotion to a subject. Booth uses his own long-time love for playing the cello as an example. He writes, "I . . . hope you'll agree with my claim . . . that the joys of amateuring deserve celebration . . . It may be in a sense an `insanity', but like very few other human pursuits, it carries us out of this world, into what I can only call the timeless.'

Booth credits his LDS upbringing for the basis of feeling that constant "bettering" of oneself is a virtue.

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