The Library of Václav Černý

Pages 17–30
DOI 10.1515/amnpsc-2017-0035
Keywords Václav Černý – personal libraries – reading – philosophy – 20th century
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2017/62/3-4

The article deals with the personal library of Václav Černý. Attention is first drawn to the portrait of Václav Černý as a reader, and the creation and augmentation of his collection (purchases, donations from friends and authors-colleagues, review copies). The paper presents Černý’s family background, studies at secondary grammar schools in Náchod and Dijon, his work abroad as well as at university, and his friendship with numerous colleagues-authors. The next part of the article outlines Černý’s personal library, the general characteristics of the collection, Černý’s methods of book acquisition, his work with books and evaluation of literature. The part of the library containing literature on existentialism is described in more detail. It deals with the predecessors of existentialism as well as Czech and foreign representatives of this philosophical movement. Not even libraries that Černý visited during his life are omitted.

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