'For myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.’
– Jorge Luis Borges
Books hold the world’s stories: from the earliest known myths and legends to postmodern fictions. They are also keys that unlock inner worlds. The greatest authors and texts act as literary milestones, signposts marking the collective journeys of the imagination.
Imagination begins at childhood. Our earliest experience of reading allows us to travel to new worlds, to inhabit the voices and lives of new characters. As adults, we never lose this sense of discovery, this capacity to journey to other places and times through books.
At a fundamental level, books facilitate empathy, allowing us to imagine ourselves as other than who we are.
Brian Lloyd 'Reed and Harris: publishers of the avant-garde', LaTrobe Journal, No 64, Spring 1999.
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