The Wonders of The Strand Book Store and its patrons

Three Strand-Hounds

By Calvin Trillin

Excerpt - "When Smith first became a Strand-hound—in the middle sixties, while he was working on a book that had shown itself to be practically invulnerable to his attacks—he used to walk over to the Strand three or four times a week. The Strand, which occupies a constantly increasing portion of a building at Twelfth and Broadway, claims to have the largest inventory of secondhand books in the country, but what attracted Smith was its supply of review copies—new books the Strand buys from people who have received them free on the ground that they might review them or mention them in print or bestow upon them what publishers sometimes call “good word-of-mouth.” "