The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine
from The Atlantic
The term bibliotherapy first appeared in a 1916 article in
titled “A Literary Clinic.” Written by Samuel McChord Crothers, the playful essay verges on satire and recounts a visit with his friend Bagster, who runs a “Bibliopathic Institute.” “A book,” Bagster lectures, “may be a stimulant or a sedative or an irritant or a soporific.” Bagster views books as “prescriptions” insofar as the reading experience affects the reader.
7701 Las Colinas Blvd., Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063