Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Happy birthday, Thomas de Quincey
It is the birthday of English writer Thomas de Quincey (1785), who is best remembered for his autobiographical Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821). De Quincey, raised by a single mother after his father died, ran away from boarding school, struggled and starved in life on the road, was accidentally found by friends and taken home, went to Oxford where he became a loner and strung out on drugs, finished his studies but didn't take the final exam to get a degree, lived in a lake cottage formerly occupied by a successful poet and settled down to do serious literary work to earn a living, became a newspaper editor but was fired because he couldn't meet deadlines, then wrote a tell-all about his earlier drug-addled life and became famous. He did this 200 years ago. The poet was William Wordsworth.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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