The Seven Stairs Pdf is a classic novel about the biography of a Chicago bookseller and written By Stuart Brent.
The Seven Stairs Book Summary
The near North Side of Chicago is a Greenwich Village, a slum, and a night life strip bordered by the commerce of Michigan Boulevard and the Gold Coast homes and apartments of the wealthy.
Into a narrow trough between the down-and-out losers of Clark Street and the luxurious livers of Lake Shore Drive flows a stream of life that has no direction, organization, or established pattern. Here are attracted the inner-directed ones struggling with their own visions, along with the hangers-on, the disenchanted and emotionally bankrupt. It is a haven for the broken soul as well as the earnest and rebellious. The drug addict, the petty thief, the sex deviant and the alcoholic are generously mixed in among the sincere and aspiring. There are the dislocated wealthy, the connivers and parasites, abortionists and pimps. There are call girls and crowds of visiting firemen, second hand clothing stores and smart shops, pawn brokers and art supply stores.
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About Stuart Brent Author Of The Seven Stairs Pdf Book
Stuart Brent Author Of The Seven Stairs Pdf was a Chicago Bookstore owner. Stuart Brent Books was a magical bookstore on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, owned and managed by the strange and wonderful Stuart Brent. He was An independent bookseller in Chicago for 50 years, Stuart opened his first bookstore in 1947 and closed Stuart Brent Books on Michigan Avenue in 1996, retiring to a farm in Wisconsin and passing away in 2010 at the age of 98.
The Seven Stairs pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- ASIN : B0BJY9G7SC
- Publisher : Independently published (October 20, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8359217842
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings
The Seven Stairs Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars book lovers and money
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 30, 2008
I like this book (about opening a Chicago bookshop in 1946), because it shows that people who love books often have no business knack at all, and they tend to be idealists, too, they cannot help it:
” They bought many books that morning…. It was wonderful- but it was awful when I had to take their money!”
“I am not interested in giving the public what it wants…. I have never had what the public wanted to read, and I lost out because of it…. I felt my job was to get people to jump- to read something, old or new, that could engage them in some real vision of human possibilities…”
Boy, they don’t make’em like that anymore. In 2006 no one could run a shop like that. Too bad!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Seven Stairs by Brent Stuart
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 17, 2000
Good books by book sellers are hard to find, and this one is not only good, but definitely a pleasure to read. I wish it had included more details about how to succeed in the business of selling books, but I quickly realized that the author lived in an entirely different era than the one we have now of internet book selling. The author started in business at a time when the world was not sure that television would last and many wiser than he had not survived in the business of selling books.
Originally published in 1962, this book is the autobiography of Brent Stuart, a successful Chicago book seller. His venture into book selling started after World War II, when as a young man fresh out of the Army, he opened a small book and music store. He admits he knew almost nothing about business, and he shares what he learned while struggling to survive. He also shares about the people he knew, many of whom were very helpful to him in his early years. He drops a lot of names, no doubt many of whom were very well-known in that era, among the most famous of whom are Katherine Hepburn, Gore Vidal, and Ernest Hemingway. Unfortunately, the book does not have an Index, which would be helpful when one is looking to find an interesting part that is worth reading aloud to friends.
One of the parts of the book I found most interesting was his account of his business and social dealings with Dr. Lionel Blitzsten, a wealthy psychoanalyst. Dr. Blitzsten encouraged and helped him to develop a current catalog of psychiatric books, and the sales of those books greatly helped his business to prosper. He describes his first impression of Dr. Blitzsten in almost poetic yet graphic details: “What was really arresting (and somewhat terrifying) about this fat, puffing little man was the face. Above the glasses, the skull seemed all forehead; beneath, the clean-shaven skin was baby pink and the mouth shaped like a rosebud and just as red. That was it, the mouth — and when he spoke, the voice was musical, no longer deep, but rather high in pitch.” Dr. Lionel hosted social gatherings which many clamored to attend. The author defines the social atmosphere at Dr. Lionel’s home as a coterie, and his eloquent description of it is:
“The machinery of a coterie is simple; the reasons behind its operation and its subtle influence on the lives of those drawn into its orbit are complex almost beyond endurance. Essentially, the coterie consists of a number of people who hold similar views on unimportant things. Everyone admitted must observe a cardinal prohibition: to say nothing fundamental about anything. All must follow the leader, employ a common stock of expressions, adopt the same mannerisms, profess the same prejudices, affect the same bearing, and recognize a common bond of impenetrable superficiality.”
The author also provides details about early television in Chicago and his role in a daily TV program titled “Books and Brent,” in which he reviewed books. He also briefly gives details about his personal life, the businesses of publishing and writing books, his favorite cabin retreat at Bark Point in Wisconsin, and his adventures in a summer stock theater in suburban Chicago. Some of his secrets about how to succeed in the business of selling books include hosting chamber music parties and author signings at his book store, as well as having the help and support of good friends.
Save this one for a treat on a long winter night. It is an easy and entertaining read, yet very interesting for its portrayal of the author and his era. While the author does not preach or make recommendations about how to succeed in the business of selling books, his philosophy is shared in the telling of his stories. His life is an American success story packed with interesting details about life and business in the 1950s.
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