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Favorite authorsKingsley Amis, Alan Ayckbourn, Thomas Whitfield Baldwin, Pat Barker, Samuel Beckett, G. E. Bentley, Algernon Blackwood, Rachel Bromwich, William S. Burroughs, A. S. Byatt, James Branch Cabell, Peter Carey, John Dickson Carr, Michael Chabon, E. K. Chambers, Raymond Chandler, Henry Chettle, David Crystal, John Day, Thomas Dekker, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Dunsany, William Faulkner, Anatole France, Michael Frayn, W. W. Greg, George Guidall, Robert van Gulik, William Haughton, E. A. J. Honigmann, Leslie Hotson, James Hynes, James Hynes, MacDonald P. Jackson, M. R. James, Ben Jonson, James Joyce, John Keats, Elmore Leonard, Margot Livesey, David Lodge, Arthur Machen, John Marston, Ian McEwan, Thomas Middleton, John Mortimer, Thomas Nashe, Alan H. Nelson, Flann O'Brien, Stewart O'Nan, Wilfred Owen, Richard Parks, Eric Partridge, Mervyn Peake, Ezra Pound, Ruth Rendell, Philip Roth, Edgar Saltus, Dorothy L. Sayers, David Sedaris, William Shakespeare, Hafen Slawkenbergius, James Stephens, Tom Stoppard, Rex Stout, Rosemary Sutcliff, Julian Symons, James Tate, J. R. R. Tolkien, William Trevor, Mark Twain, Sylvia Townsend Warner, John Webster, Donald E. Westlake, Oscar Wilde, John Dover Wilson, P. G. Wodehouse, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAll Books Considered, Books With a Past, Daedalus Books & Music - Columbia, Friends of the Library Bookstore - Gaithersburg, MD, Friends of the Library Bookstore - Wheaton, MD, Olsson's - Dupont Circle, Olsson's - Old Town Alexandria, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, Wonder Book Gaithersburg

Favorite librariesFolger Shakespeare Library, Theodore R. McKeldin Library - University of Maryland, College Park

Other favoritesKensington Day of the Book Festival, Stone Ridge Used Book Sale - 2009, Walter Johnson High School Annual Used Book Sale

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James Branch Cabell's library : a catalogue by Maurice Duke
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Woodcut from the title page of "Dekker's Dream" purportedly showing Dekker in bed and dreaming. How accurate a portrayal this is is unknown, but there is no other.
Thanks for the tip. I checked 'em out. No brick-and-mortar looks like. Did anything in particular draw your interest to them? I noticed they have over 3M signed editions, which is pretty cool. You know, I've hiked the Arroyo Seco from Pasadena all the way up to its source in the San Gabriels.

Blackwwood was one of my first literary loves. In my early teens I went from horror movies/comics to Blackwood. I've read a few short stories lately and he still holds up.

Hi, haven't used a private watch list. I'll have to check it out. I probably clicked twice unintentionally, operator malfunction.

609 shared titles is quite a bit. I read a lot of Blackwood ages ago but can't remember what editions, etc.
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isn't it wonderful how cats accumulate names.

Beautiful cat.
Hello Bill

Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying. I’m glad the mailing reached you. It didn’t take very long at all (I was unable to get to the Post Office for several days after I’d dated the note), and it only cost a couple of pounds, so please don’t concern yourself about that...

I would consider it an honour to be mentioned on the Silver Stallion site (which, by the way, I’ve bookmarked and will be delving into!).

Best wishes

yeah the only translation I have read of it is Anthea Bell's for Penguin Classics. It's a pretty good translation though.

Thanks for alerting my attention to the UC press edition!c that looks really great! We need more of Hoffmann in English!
Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. It should be in the post to you early this week.

As I remember it, “GBR” was simply the option that I was offered when I first filled in my profile. I didn’t even look into what it actually meant or suggested (it’s the ISO code for Great Britain, I see from Wikipedia, and also the relevant NATO and International Olympic Committee codes).
It shouldn't cost all that much to post from the UK. As I understand it, I'm not obliged to use airmail (but US residents sending stuff overseas are, I gather).

Would you like to provide an address for me to write to?

Relton's article is clearly intended as an introduction to Cabell's work. It doesn't go into any great detail. The focus is on "The Biography Of The Life Of Manuel", which Relton calls a "gigantic supernovel".

The story "Concerning Corrinna" is not mentioned at all. Relton does note that "The Cream of the Jest" was influenced by Machen's "The Hill of Dreams" ("inspired in part" is what he actually says).

I was able to make a reasonable copy. Please let me know if you want me to get it to you.

By the way, thanks for pointing out that I haven't added the latest "Faunus'. Sometimes I forget to add periodicals and journals because I was told, not long after I joined LibraryThing, that the site isn't really designed for them. Accordingly I only catalogue certain titles, and it can slip my mind which ones they are!


I'll see what I can do. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a technophobe, so if it's possible, it will be photocopies. I'll take the book into work tomorrow and see how it goes.

Best wishes

So it was. The perils of multitasking...
So because I was curious, I called Schoenhof's, and they do have a copy in stock, but it's $48.95 - so not necessarily cheap. Apparently, titles don't always make it onto the site, because of some mumble. So anyway, my curiosity is now satisfied. The other option I'd suggest would be Powell's in Portland, OR. They usually have a good selection of foreign-language titles, often used.
I feel your pain with regard to the Collected Fantasies of CAS - coming to them late, I picked up #3,4,5 & Misc for
Dwd --

Here's my Kalamazoo haul, which I finally finished entering tonight:
A question was raised in a recent thread on which I thought you might shed some light: was Cabell particularly influenced by Henry James in terms of his style? Certainly I'd expect him to be familiar with James, but wonder if he ever mentions him in his correspondence or essays.

For reference, the thread is here:

Hope all's well --
Hey Bill,

Bumped into this and thought while you no doubt own it already, might want to be aware of it.
Hi Bill, I stopped by because I see you have LT's only copy of Bill Offutt's baseball book. Do you know the Offutts? I'm in Bill Jr.'s generation and used to see a good bit of them. Now in Durham NC.

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J. William Lloyd, Sc.D. (1925-1983)
Hi Bill
sorry for delay (busy with funeral & such) - my copy does contain The Girl & The Faun as well, though no notation of it on cover or spine. It does show up on the title page
Hello Bill,
Thanks for the kind holiday wishes. I am curious which book you ordered. I just finished vol. 1 of Reynolds The Mysteries of London, published by Valancourt. I'm enjoying this huge penny dreadful. I downloaded vol. 2 on my kindle. Halfway through it, chapter 214. It has everything larger than life villains, heroes that are too good to be true.
Here's to happy reading and a great holiday season for you and yours.
Hey Bill,
I'm positive you've already got this, but this copy is signed, in case you don't already have a signed copy, which is likely, more I consider it. Oh well. I bumped into it just surfin' around & figured I better mention it. Just in case....
Hi Bill
Of course you are correct - it is Victorian Tales of Terror. My crack team of "enterers" (my kids) do tend to be a bit cavalier about things like titles. Much appreciate your note - fix made.

I really like those Lamb anthologies - he brought a number of buried things to light!

Hmmm, no, I'm not in that FB group, though 21 of the members are my FB friends. I just sent a request to join.
How did I miss that??!!
Many thanks for the note re 'Hobson's Choice'.I can't seem to be able to tie my entry to the novel rather than the play. Any help would be appreciated.
Five stars for "Shakespeare Beyond Doubt"? There must be some good stuff in there!
Oh, one thing more. I'd wanted to point this out last evening, but time was running out--and frankly I couldn't locate the books, bcause I'd put them away particuarly "safely," and not with the rset of my Cabelliana. These are three slim volumes that I have, certainly not for the texts that Wili]liam Jhn Bernhrd published with linocuts--Jurgen The Jewll Merchants, and tTaboo (who those last wto partiocular ones I do not know). Thus, they are, in muy library, really among works of art rather than literature--thus their separate location.and are really picture books rather than Cabellian texts. Do you know much about these? They are quite beautiful. I can understand choosing Jurgen, but why the other two?

I am sorry that your paths are unlikely to bring you to New York--not that I would have any material that you are lacking. My Cabell collection was built up primarily to retrieve all his writings, an a fair amount of criticism. Futher editions were added because of certain illusrations--the White Robe I just read with, in fact, the one illustrated by Robet Lochner. I know I have, for instance, The Way of Ecben with Pape illustrations, and a Jurgen illustrated by John Douglas Wright, I believe. There is more I want to look through, but I've not got it catalogued. And must sign off for now.


Thanks yet again.

The problem with scnning what I have is that I'm not into scanning as such. I mean, I can scan a single sheet, but I'm hard presssed to scan the contents of a volume--incuding illustrations, and some book covers also. I'm not really into book jackets. But, say, to scan an Erc Pape ilustration within a book--well, it just woudn't work with my (primitive?) scanning device.

Listen. I know not where you are or your daily routine or your weekly/monthly/yearly routine, and for all I know you're incarcerated in a Maximum Federal Security Faciity. BUT, if you are ever in New York City, I'd be delightd to show you and go over with you what must, compartively speaking, be my very paltry Cabellian collection. (I'm at 1120 Park Avene, corner of 90th Street; 212 86011810)

Probaby not the response you hoped to solicit, but there it is.

All the best,

I WILL stop pestering you, honestly. Just one more question. I'd never used ADDALL before and yes,it certainly has its advntages. What I cannot find on their form is a way for them to notify me when something suitable is available, That, of course, you can do on EBay. Is it possible on ADDALL or does one just go to them "weekly' or "monthly" and hope for the best?

Bill Gerdts
Hey, and thanks again--

It's not "not wanting to chat"--just that I'm not very good at it, and other--professional "things" have to take precedence. There's also the feeling--probably not totally incorrect--that some of my queries have been gone over dozens of times by all of you so more deeply into Cabelliana--such as why Madoc why Horvendile?--the diference?

Do you use I ask that because if ABE for instance is an umbrella that covers lots of booksellers, Bookfinder is the umbrella that covers lots of umbrellas (though not all). But yur suggestion is a good one--if I juat enter KALKI into ebay, it should satisfy my principle 'want."

I will try and follow through.


Thanks very much for responding so promptly to my inquiry. I did come across you through the Silver Stallion. The problem is that I'm really not into discussions, only because of disinterst, but I'm so fully committed to resarching and writing art history, despite being long retired. Cabell is in once sense a long, long-standing "Hobby" but really much more. I have a pretty vast library of his books---multi-editions since some of them were acquired for their illustrations. And dozens of photocopies of h8s shorter pieces and many many more of Cabellian criticism. I find that when I want to take a break from my main projects, I usually reach for Cabell, either a longer novel or of late, shorter ones--The Way of Ecben is one of my favorites and the latest a re-read of The White Robe.

But if you can ever point me in the direction of the magazines I'd be most appreciative. Actually I, too, have a complete set of The Cabellians, except for volume 3, #2, which I have only in photocopy; if you ever see an original for sale, please let me know.

Same with KALKI. There I have less than half--I have full #"s--10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 33, 35, 36, 37, and at your suggestion, have just ordered what should be #30.
Are there any websites whre they might come up, can you advise?

Thank you again.

Bill Gerdts
1120 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10128

212 8601181
Bill: Hi likewise (I didn't know, etc.) I've already joined, although I found the ambitious talk re: future projects somewhat daunting.
You have the most fascinating library! Wish I could peruse the real version.
Let's use "elenchus" -- keeps it consistent across the sites.
Letter to the Editor for SS is an honour: use as-is or edited as you see fit (merely indicate if edited, for the Rabble).

And same for LT reviews: absolutely post there, simply indicating the original is found on LT. What I'd love to do is have my Cabell reviews automatically post on SS (or at least, give you the opportunity). If there is an RSS option or similar, let me know and I'll set up anything that needs input from my end.
Saw your note in one of the threads about reading the first page of IJ. According to my calculations, you've read .0009293% of the book already.

I'm really enjoying Jurgen. It's pretty much unlike anything I've ever read before. There's a mystical quality to it I'm really enjoying.
I'm reading THE CORNER THAT HELD THEM RIGHT NOW. Needless to say I recommend it highly, though my top favorites of hers are THE FLINT ANCHOR and SUMMER WILL SHOW. I've disliked nothing I've read by her.

I like your description of how you came across her. I like that sort of literary serendipity so much.
SO few Sylvia Townsend Warner fans.
Jo Nesbo. Personally I don't care much for cops. Hole is an alcoholic kind of free lance homicide detective continually going against the grain of the people running the show at headquarters. Check out Redbreast--it was his first translated book and it's pretty fucking nasty. Some of his others don't quite reach that. Nesbo is also something of a rock star singer/musician in Norway. I've looked at some of his videos though and music wise it seems pretty tame. Then again I have a fairly thorough grounding in punk rock.
Does look interesting--so I ordered a copy. Erdosian meets Harry Hole?
The Tauchnitz includes 7:
Pope Jacynth, Lady & Death, St. Eudaemon - and Prince Alberic, Wedding Chest, Featureless Wisdom and the play Ariadne in Mantua - so just the one addition I think

confusing number of variants - apparently they just threw her work together however they felt on a given day.

yeah, packing was bad - but now we've moved and it's the unpacking - aaaaarghhh!


Hi Bill
sorry for delayed reply; I'm in the middle of moving (a rather large job) and have been struggling to regain some semblance of order among the books and all. At the same time, I've been "shedding" many volumes, including all my Vernon Lee but the lovely Ash Tree edition. The Peter Owen is on its way to Italy this week, but a quick look says it purports to reprint the Grant Richards edn - and it contains 6: Ravenna, Pope Jacynth, The Lady and Death, St. Eudaemon, Dionea and Oke of Okehurst.

The Ash Tree edn collects all of her work I am likely to read again, so the rest can all go to nice new homes (and get me a bit of shelf space.) I've been a fan of hers since coming across her in Yellow Book - a fine writer!

cheers, scott
No, I haven't seen that. I've never really been into the whole zombie/vampire fad, but I suppose I'll probably end up getting these for my collection of fiction where Shakespeare is a character.
I haven't gotten the new SQ yet. I'll keep an eye out for it. And I haven't gotten the Malone Society volume either, even though I'm sure I paid my dues. I should look into that.
Hmmm, I haven't gotten mine yet. Will have to watch for that in my mailbox.
Hey there CW, the book in question was an early effort by Wain he didn't much like himself. It wasn't a good time for him. I don't have a clear memory of it, and as you can see for yourself I give almost each and all of my books 5 stars. I would skip it if I were you. I am reading O'Toole's biography of Sheridan. It deserves 10 stars in my opinion, what'd you think of it? I also thought his little book SHAKESPEARE IS TOUGH BUT SO IS LIFE was excellent - did you read it?
Yes, I would.
I have not seen that, but it looks like something I would definitely be interested in. It's the type of thing McFarland publishes a lot of, academic looks at popular culture mashups.
I still haven't gotten my ET. :(

But I did stop in Powells on my way to the library yesterday and got 16 books, including another one from the Bill and Mary Frances Veeck library:
Thanks for the note! I do have a nice Kalki Eve that satisfies me, but thanks for the thought. My High Place really is rebound by "Okla. County Libraries" and stamped thus on the spine in the same gold as the spine title. Indicia show it to be a 2nd edition. That's actually a better candidate for replacement with a proper Kalki (or mismatched Storisende, of which I already have a couple for other titles).

As far as mythicism in Christian origins is concerned, I find the evidence for the "historical Jesus" underwhelming and hopelessly tainted by the process of transmission. I also appreciate Burton Mack's work on Christian origins. But my position as a mythicist is actually rooted in my religious perspective (as, I would argue, the historicism of others is rooted in theirs -- "Christian" or not), which is elaborated here:

You'll see me among the Rabble!
Thank's for your thought's (howe'er cryptic) on the propos'd apostrophe ban.

The quote's you've assembl'd are out'standing, I mus't say. Chesterton's color'd pencil made me la'gh out loud. Then I had to lie back and gaze at the ceilin' for a few sec's.

The Roth quote is also beyond great.

Cassette's certainly were charm'g, in th'ir way.
I've finished inputting my haul from Kalamazoo:

Looks like you have three of them.
Thx -- might be worth getting.
Your JBC died today, 1957. But you know this, I'm sure.
Yeah, it is. I've only poked through it a little bit so far, but I'm going to look through it some more this weekend as I prepare for my paper in Kalamazoo next week (on "Early Tudor Musicians in the London Livery Companies"). Sheale's life is surprisingly well documented.
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JBC, age 14.
Henry is fine. Pretty clingy right now, as he always is after I've been away.
I see you got Wizardry and the Voigt. Presumably my comments on them didn't hurt.
Yeah, they're pretty good, one of the more or less standard academic histories of baseball, along with Harold (and Dorothy) Seymour's trilogy. The main differences are that the Seymours only go up to 1930 (their third volume is about the amateur game), while Voigt goes up to the 1970s, and Voigt has footnotes while the Seymours don't, making it easier to follow up and test (or find the original source for) Voigt's statements. I find it useful to look at both Voigt and the Seymours for stuff from the 19th or early 20th century, and usually each has some things that the other doesn't.
Mencken has arrived. Thanks!
I see you just got the Mencken Library of America volumes. I've been thinking of getting those for a while. Have loved Mencken ever since I got "The American Language" as an undergrad linguistics major.
Oh god no. I try to keep that stuff out - unless it's got a nice rind on it.
Well met!

But how shameless of me - I had this listed as "have read", when in fact, I have not. At least not entirely. I read Le Horla, in French, years ago and it remains one of my favorite tales of horror and descent into madness (GdM wrote it as the spirochetes were closing in). If for nothing other than the inclusion of fairly uncommon stories/authors, the book is worth picking up. Here is the ToC:

The Horla by Guy De Maupassant
Siesta by Alexander L. Kielland
The Tall Woman by Pedro Antonio De Alarcón
On The River by Guy De Maupassant
Maese Pérez, the Organist by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
Fioraccio by Giovanni Magherini-Graziani
The Silent Woman by Leopold Kompert
No problem. Haven't got to the Cabell yet, but I will certainly let you know my thoughts on it when I do.
Yeah, I got my ET on Thursday.

As for Wizardry, I've been meaning to sit down and read his introductory chapter on methodology, but haven't yet done so. He goes through a bunch of different sabermetric attempts to measure fielding (Bill James, Palmer/Thorn, etc. etc.) and discusses their strengths and weaknesses, showing how they differ in measuring specific playsrs. I may get to it this weekend, in which case I'll let you know what I think.
I guess it's because they're mailed from Reno that I got mine before you, the opposite of SQ, mailed from somewhere in the DC area, which you always get a few days before I do.
I have 800 books on English history, and need two more to have 700 Shakespeare books. Of course, the latter is no match for you.
OK. I'll delete it. I was only going by and have no other confirmation. If you doubt it, that's good enough for me. Thanks.
I still haven't heard back from Alan. Will have to e-mail him again.
I see from my notes on my home computer that Tiffany's paper for the 2004 SAA Theatre History seminar in New Orleans (which I think you audited, right?) was on actors' parts. I knew I had read her write about that pretty early on, well before her book with Simon Palfrey.
Yeah, I just saw that you added Thunder At A Playhouse. I was going to mention it last night, but you beat me to it. I got Theatre and Crisis on my most recent trip to Powell's.

I had not seen High Heat Stats -- I didn't know those guys had been kicked off I'll have to bookmark them.
By the way, those last five books I just input were the ones I got in London. A somewhat motley bunch, all bought at different places.
Macmillan: the Palgrave division (mostly social sciences).
I don't really have a dog in this fight, but that was a hell of a game last night.
All three of Reggie Jackson's homers in game 6 of the 1977 World Series were on the first pitch, in his last three at bats. That series is now available on DVD, and I watched that game a few months ago for nostalgia's sake. I was 11 when I first saw it, and in my second year of keeping score of every World Series game (a record I kept up until going away to college in 1984).
I didn't see the game last night, as I was volunteering with the Neo-Futurists. Sounds like Pujols had a game for the ages. He's picking a good time for such heroics, with his free agency coming up after the Series is over.
I don't know whether the Brewers will sign him, but the consensus among the announcers (and apparently the Milwaukee fans) was that he'll go to one of the rich teams. Who knows. He could indeed be a game-changer for the Pirates, but are they really willing to shell out the big bucks?

As for Braun, I'm not really a big believer in hitters "protecting" each other. Bill James did a study of that back in the early 80s in one of the early Baseball Abstracts (involving Bob Horner and Dale Murphy) and found no evidence that having Horner batting behind him helped Murphy. I'm pretty sure that more elaborate studies done since then have had similar results, but I don't recall specifics. But it's a very deep-rooted belief that intuitively "feels" right to a lot of people, so I don't think it's going anywhere.
Oh, the Yale Companion to Chaucer. I got that at Powell's -- is that where you got yours?

I didn't see Prince Fielder do that, but I could believe it. I wonder where he'll be playing next year. Did you see the Milwaukee fans give him an ovation after his last at-bat in the NLCS, on the assumption that it was his last game for the Brewers?
The paperback edition of the Dutton Handbook is the first book in my library with a publication date of 2012. I'm a time traveler!
Remarkable library!
This Borders liquidation sale is helping me knock quite a few items off my Amazon wish list, including two of the three I got today. I had also had my eye on the Sonia Sotomayor bio, though it wasn't actually on my wish list, as I just discovered.
Naw, I'm not becoming a libertarian. But I have been reading up on various economic and political debates related to the 2008 financial crisis and the ongoing repercussions in Washington. I recently got several books on Keynes, and am looking forward to the upcoming book "Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics". "The Road to Serfdom" has been a very influential book (especially in the last 30 years in the conservative movement), so when I saw it at Borders for 70% off, I figured I should get it.

Yes, "A Great Idea At the Time" is about the Great Books program promoted after World War II by Mortimer Adler of the University of Chicago (my alma mater), and was largely researched at my former workplace, Regenstein Library. Your thing sounds like some sort of offshoot of that. This book got some good reviews when it came out, and I got it for 66% off, so why not. One of my grad school roommates at U of C (a mathematician who is now a friar) bought a set of Great Books at the Printer's Row Book Fair in the mid-90s. I'm not sure if they still sell them.
Borders has 58% off on history and sports, so I got a bunch of stuff today, and two books also arrived in the mail, the last two I just input: The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Lit in English (which looks great) and Thomas Cranmer. As I was unpacking the latter two here at work, a guy I don't really know (I think he's from the corporate side) saw me and said, "Not available on Kindle?". The implication being that, of course, the only possible reason I might be buying actual physical books is if they weren't available on Kindle. I'm no anti-Kindle hardliner, but this attitude annoys me. I kept it to myself, and just said, "Uh, I'm not sure, but I don't think so." (It turns out I was right, neither one is available on Kindle, though that's irrelevant to the point at hand.)
The Cobbe portrait was only "discovered" in 2006, so I'm pretty sure the portrait on the Riverside 2 (from 1996) is the Janssen (which is a copy of the Cobbe) or something similar. It's definitely the Cobbe on the Shakespeare Almanac and Shakespeare Encyclopedia, though.
"The final act of Mr. Shakespeare", which I saw at the Globe a month ago and just got from an online seller, is the second novel I've gotten this year (after "The Tragedy of Arthur") that includes the complete text of a "lost" Shakespeare play. This one is "Henry VII", supposedly written in 1613. The surrounding novel, unlike "The Tragedy of Arthur", is a third-person narrative about Shakespeare, Heminges, etc., though it supposedly only includes period vocabulary with a few minor exceptions. It will be interesting to compare the two fake Shakespeare plays. I've cheekily given them both my "shakespeare apocrypha" tag.
Hello Bill,
The Fact on File books shows a bibliograhy of all the aythors works, magazine articles, short stories, etc, The authors you mention are not in this collection. It is geared towards well-know authors.
The follwing books list those authors but is limited to a paragraph or two:
The Oxford Companion to American Literature by Hart
American authors and books by w.j. Burke

Also in Twentieth Century Authors First Supplement by Kunitz published in 1955, those authors had notes to see 'twentieth century authors, 1942 for biographical sketch, list of works, and references.
Bill I hope this helps, let me know and thanks for giving me something I love doing.
bob burke
"Thunder at a Playhouse" looks pretty good. Has Roz's "What Was James Burbage *Thinking*?" (about why J.B. bought the Blackfriars in 1596) and other interesting stuff. Don Weingust name-checks me in an article on the proliferation of "original practices" theater.
Looks like my Prague-London haul added three to our common list: Doing Shakespeare, Richard Brome, and The Stukeley Plays (all bought in Prague).
By my preliminary count, I came back from Prague and London with 27 new books, including 8 from Manchester (7 Revels plus one other), three Ashgate, and three Arden (including the Arden 3.1 Tempest). I'll sort them out and input them tomorrow.
Is it true there's an open-carry golf course in Scottsdale?

I'm not sure if you're speaking of guns or liquor. Either way, the answer is most likely "yes".
I believe you mentioned Saltus in one of the Library of America threads. It's fortunate that so many of his titles are available as etexts in the public domain.

The other day at Foyle's (great bookstore on Charing Cross Road with a lot of academic titles, and some used) I got "Shakespeare's Patron", a new bio of William Herbert by Brian O'Farrell that I hadn't seen before (just published this year by Continuum). My other London purchases have mostly been local-interest stuff such as a book on the history of Heathrow and one on London guilds and liveries. Also a bunch of illustrated children's/popular books on the Elizabethan theater, bought at the Globe.
Thanks to a recent mention by you in some thread or other, I have experienced the arch-pessimism of Edgar Saltus. Reading The Philosophy of Disenchantment in the hellish heat of a Phoenix night is an appropriate marriage of subject and setting.

Today at the Manchester U Press book display I got three hardcover Revels Play editions: The Stukeley Plays, An Humorous Day's Mirth (Chapman), and The Troublesome Reign of John, King of England "by George Peele" (edited by Charles Forker).
The books I got for $5 each from the University of Notre Dame Press summer sale arrived today, and I just entered them with the tag "7-6-11 notre dame". Some pretty nice stuff, especially for that price.
I note that our "books shared" number is approaching 2000. My wife, who already is convinced that I'm insane, would no doubt be dismayed to think that there is another lunatic out there like me.

I should also note that I finally picked up the Storisende set that had been lying unwanted on my local bookseller's shelf for years. Am quite happy with it. Next Cabell to read: Gallantry.
Well, that would explain it.
Right, I understand the difference between "works" and "books". I was just trying to figure out why the "books" total is different depending on whose perspective you take, yours or mine. It was a little sloppy of me to say that the difference is arbitrary; I'm sure it's something like what you suggested, but I couldn't figure out how to express it.
I wonder why the books total is more variable. That total is somewhat arbitrary anyway, depending on what you count.
We're now at 851 works shared, and 1459 books. The latter number should hit 1500 before too long, and then it's on to 1000 works shared.
You have three of the eight new books I got today.
OK, I figured out how to sort our common list by total members (see previous comment). There are 93 books for which we're the only two owners on LT. Somehow I thought it would be more. There are 53 where it's just us and one other person.
Yeah, the Clopper arrived today after I posted that comment. Tydeman and Orrin Robinson added to our common list, but they're not unique to the two of us on LT, like Clopper and Gair. I think I figured out how many of those were a while back, but it's a much bigger number now.
I keep adding incrementally to our list of books in common. Reavley Gair is the latest one where we're the only two owners on LT.
I'm one away from hitting 500 in medieval history, and four away from hitting 100 in norman history.
The last two of my Kalamazoo books just arrived in the mail. Now I have all 48 input, the same number as last year.
Today's trip to the north side Powell's put me over 500 baseball books, and added three to our common list. My next milestone will be 500 medieval history books.
Actually, he topped out at .360, not couting a 1-for-1 "season" in the Interstate League when he was 16:
I only need two more baseball books to hit 500...
I haven't got a finger on the Balzac: Saltus fervor has waned over the the past 5. But have you read any Leonard Cline? He is part of that American cult of word-magic, practiced with greater or lesser success by Saltus, Paul West, Don DeLillo and Alexander Theroux (in fact, the reissue of his novel The Dark Chamber contains his apologetic essay "Logodaedaly", which is very similar to the essay "Theroux Metaphrastes" appended in an early edition of Three Wogs).
I like Saltus's "non-fiction" best: he's a better essayist than novelist, I think, and it's not so much what he says but how he says it. Imperial Purple (we learn nothing scholarly about Rome) and Love and Lore are the only things of his I'd reread.
Finally, I got to add another book with the "kathman author" tag. It's surprisingly hefty!
I see you just added Bradbury's The October Country. Bradbury was a favorite when I was growing up and that collection was, for me, his best. I loved the evocative little poem that he wrote to introduce it... something about pantries turned away from the sun and the passing footsteps of people on the sidewalks at night sounding like rain. I spent a few days in Jackson, Illinois one Autumn about 20 years ago and it brought that passage clearly to mind as a place it might have referred to: A place where it is always turning late in the year, etc.
I'm going by the "Date" field in my LT listings. There are 21 books that have no date in that field, but I haven't added any of those this year, and the only one I added last year is a book published in the 1930s. I don't have any journals or DVDs entered, unless you could hardcover annual "journals" like MaRDiE.
I have 40 books with a 2011 publication date. I thought it would be more. I have 129 with a 2010 publication date.
Heh. No, I haven't read them all yet, but on the train I did read the first section of "Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools", which is really good revisionist theater history. The author, Max Harris, was at Kalamazoo and gave a very good talk on the music of the Feast of Fools. My own paper on Thursday went very well indeed. Lots of people coming up afterwards, and over the next couple of days, saying how much they enjoyed it.

I figured you would notice my Kalamazoo haul, which has the tag "kzoo 2011". Three of them in the last group (Stuart Women Playwrights, Shakespeare and Venice, Moral Play and Counterpublic) I got for free in exchange for agreeing to review them for Sixteenth Century Journal.
I'm thinking of making a separate LT record for each volume of the Sharpe, since they're each 500-page volumes with separate pagination. I didn't do that for Chambers and Bentley, which were among the first books I input in LT, but I've done it for some other substantial multi-volume sets, like the STC and the Greg Bibliography of English Printed Drama.
My first job in college was a waitress. My second was in a bookstore. Thereafter, I only took college courses that would accommodate my bookstore work schedule, which is how I ended up minoring in Middle Eastern studies. I was a hopeless case. ;-)
My next milestone is 500 baseball books. I'm 13 away.
Ding ding ding! 4,000 and counting!
I've had my eye on that Philip K. Dick Library of America set for a while, and you've inspired me to order it. Also Egan's "The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text", of which there are still a couple of (relatively) cheap copies on Amazon.
not interested in the Keller ephemera, but thanks for asking (sincerely!) - and thanks for finding the library interesting. It gave me an opportunity to see that my favorite Keller -SIGN OF THE BURNING HART was missing along with the 1947 edn of LIFE EVERLASTING. I'm rereading SBH now, quite happily.

LT dropped about 500 titles when I was first putting them on - and I never got back to adding them again - sigh - I suppose I'll have to see if they were from the same shelves . . .

Keller has his moments, but I think they are too rare, a striking imagination, but , as Bleiler suggests, a primitive writer. His lack of style too often obscures the view

Actually, I had to put aside the Greenfield book to work on other things, but I've skimmed some of the rest of it, and he actually has a similarly ironic twist in his account of President Hart.
I've started a reading thread in Lola's "Hellfire Club" group, and did the review based on some notes I wrote there. I was also surprised there was no previous review.

I assume you are asking about Huysman's Against the Grain. I have three editions, but the Dover and "Illustrated Editions Company" texts are identical, with introductions by Havelock Ellis and an unattributed translator. I also have the Penguin edition translated by Robert Baldrick as Against Nature.

I'm usually the wrong person to ask about translations, but I'd have to go with the older one, because it's the one I originally read and I have a fondness for it. It has a certain floridity (is that a word?) lacking in the Penguin, and which seems more in the spirit of the text. Whether Huysmans aimed for this floridity (I guess it's a word now), I don't know, but I would suspect that he did.

If there is a Huysmans thread in the Chapel, perhaps we could take a quick poll...

(BTW: if you really want to read a book that goes nowhere, give Marius the Epicurean a spin. I know that as a dedicated devotee of decadent literature I should love it, but I just can't get into the mindset for it. It is almost aggressively dull, if that isn't an oxymoron.)

Always happy to hear from you,

I entered the previous Malone Society volume, The Trial of Treasure, on June 9 of last year, but you entered it on May 14.

The previous one to that, The Woman's Prize, I entered on May 29, 2009. You entered it on April 12. You seemed to be getting them a month before me for some reason, but not this year.
Could be. What happened the last time the Malone Society sent out a volume? I don't remember, but I could find that volume in our respective lists.

Oh, and that second to last book you just entered is one I have, so you've added two to our common list!
The holy grail of 4,000 is within sight.
Thank you! I felt I ought to snap a picture after clearing the book stacks away from my reading chair (and before they get a chance to grown again!).
That new Cobb book I just entered consists of a series of autobiographical newspaper columns he wrote in 1926. The autobiography he wrote in 1960 with Al Stump is on its way. I already have Stump's Cobb bio from the 90s, and three other Cobb bios. I think I may need a new tag.
Thank you! I fear it was a one off inspiration, though.
Yeah, I noticed the lack of #19 on her page, but didn't investigate. I'll edit mine.
LT now "knows" that we both have MaRDiE 23. So that's another addition to our common list.
I just picked up a set of the Stationers' Register (ed. Arber). Fantastic resource, of course, but particularly nice-looking as well. As I expected, you're one of the few others on LT with a copy.
Always a quipster, you are...
My march toward 4,000 continues apace, with 16 new books added this week. As I always say, there are plenty of worse addictions to have.
The Monster is pretty bad, but there are worse things to read (if that is any sort of recommendation). If you enjoyed Incoul, you should check out Imperial Purple and Love and Lore - each being an extended (florid) essay - the first, excesses on the excesses of the Roman decadence, is, to my taste, the more entertaining of the two.

And vinyl... all the blues artists I could not find on vinyl in the 80s are now turning up in throngs through various companies (The finest being Monk Records, out of Florence, Italy).
No, Tom Kid, I bet.
Looks interesting, hadn't seen that...
Hmmm, that $26 MaRDiE wasn't on Amazon when I looked... my copy from AbeBooks was $53.60. I guess it's all in the timing with these things!
Is it a revised edition? Did Cabell rewrite portions of the text or am I hallucinating? I need to do some research....
It turns out they cut out Sir Politique Would-Bee (and Peregrine) entirely, but kept Madam Would-Bee. They did the whole thing with a cast of eleven, cutting out quite a bit so that it came in under 2.5 hours, but it was very entertaining. My friend Greg loved it.
I'm thinking of that annotated Jonson Folio, where Burbage played Volpone (thus 1616-1619), Condell was Mosca, Nathan Field was Voltore, Heminges was Corbaccio, Nick Tooley was Corvino, Lowin was Politique Would-Be, Goffe was Peregrine, John Vnderwood was Bonario, and "Richard Birche" (presumably George Birche) was Fine Madam Would-Bee.

By the way, I just ordered MaRDiE 23 from a seller on AbeBooks. It has an article by Mac Jackson on the authorship of Arden of Favershame (Kyd vs. Shakespeare) that's available in its entirety on Google Books as a sample.
By the way, tonight I'm seeing Volpone with a friend of mine. It's within walking distance!

I can imagine Lowin playing Sir Politique Would-Be, as he did in 1616-19.
What's with Lowin?
By the way, those 9 Bookman's Corner books cost me a total of $28.
Yeah, I entered the Bookman's Corner books first, then took a break for dinner and stuff. I had quite a haul yesterday.

I should probably get the Dieter Mehl festschrift, since he and Christa Jansohn took over the Variorum Poems from me, but the price is a bit steep for something not central to my research. I'll keep an eye out for it at the conferences coming up.
Yes, thank you for the kind words, guilty as charged. The entire "Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works" site (like all my too-many sites) is a one-man-band, and the Cabell essay mine own. As to any discussion groups: I can't even find the time to properly grow my own sites--the supposed post-retirement "spare time" all seems to just sublime--so I daren't take on any other distractions, "However entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden of bright images".
I'm not surprised that you would have more different editions of those "works" we share -- no doubt many of them early modern plays.
On another note, I just noticed that we now share 1400 books and 799 works.
It's even cheaper on with the exchange rate, and cheaper still on
Your comment to benwaugh about the music you used to empty the store at closing time brought to mind my own stint in a record store. For us, Florence Foster Jenkins, at maximum volume, used to do the trick!

I like the comment "she sounds like a chihuahua being beat up".
Somehow missed your comment asking how I acquired my mixed set of Storisende edition. I bought Gallantry from a used book store in Charleston SC many years ago. Then about 10 years ago I saw a mixed set online, reasonably priced and all in VG-nf condition, that was missing just 2 volumes. One of the missing volumes was the Gallantry that I already had, and I couldn't pass it up. Since then I have been looking for Townsend to complete the set, and I am glad to have finally picked it up from e-bay.

It would be interesting to know how many complete and uniformly numbered sets of the Storisende edition still remain, as so many seem to have become separated.
Haha, well - when I have my own house with more space than this one bedroom apartment I share with my girlfriend and two kitties, I'm sure I'll have 20-30 copies of Hamlet! Plus, the purge is more related to the quality of some of the copies... I basically snagged anything that had 'Shakespeare' written on it in my teens, regardless of it missing twenty pages or having Snagglepuss drawn on the cover in blue crayon.

Many thanks for keeping your library on here (and public). I stumbled on your name from the list of 'who has the most works by Shakespeare' and really enjoyed your library, as well as your profile!
Thanks for the heads up re. Townsend of Lichfield on ebay. I bought it, and am glad to finally have a complete (if not uniformly numbered) set of the Storisende edition. Someday, if I win the lottery, I'll buy a uniformly numbered set.
Whoa, Fluffy is something else (I love "The Ledge"). You might have gotten a snappy exodus with these as well:
I don't have any Storisende volumes from set #82. All of my Storisende volumes come from higher numbered sets.

Vol. 1 - #1301
Vol. 2 - #1343
Vol. 3 - #1140
Vol. 4 - #1320
Vol. 5 - #1273
Vol. 6 - #1344
Vol. 7 - #1498
Vol. 8 - #1275
Vol. 9 - #856
Vol.10 - #1355
Vols. 11-12 - #1400
Vols. 13-15 - #1436
Vols. 16-17 - #1351
When I get close enough I'll have to be selective about what I get, so it isn't something lame.
"Chimbly"? Why, I'm not shore Lester takes too kindly to that!
Heh. I'm pretty sure I have "dead parrot" on there somewhere. I taped about 30 of the 45 episodes.
Thank you very much :)
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Have you been to F. Scott's in Rockville? Oddly quiet little churchyard.
I attend their convenience at the appointed place
My medieval history and baseball tags are battling it out to see who can catch up to plays first...
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I'm working on it...
Hey Bill,

Please do mail or fax it if you can - that site always stymies my burglarious attempts at access. If you mean old-fashioned mail, I will get you my fax # on Monday - no sense paying for a stamp (I have no idea what they cost these days, much as I have no recollection of my fax or office #... the few still firing are clearly pointed elsewhere).

Thanks for the tip on The Befana's Toyshop. That was a reasonable price and I was finally able to buy a copy!

In high school I went to the library and compiled day-by-day linescores of the 1899 Cleveland Spiders season, complete with winning and losing pitchers, from microfilms of the New York Times. An early precursor of my archival research.
I just added a book on the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, to bookend the one I got on the 1927 Yankees.
I don't know about meetings, but I may rejoin. (I was a member for a couple of years in the mid-80s.)
I took a quick look in the Bill James book last night and saw that he ranked Danny Murtaugh the 33rd top manager through 1996, according to one set of criteria he came up with. I didn't notice where he had Whitey Herzog. I had forgotten until you mentioned it that Whitey was elected to the HOF. His main advantage was a longer career. They had about the same span of years, but Murtaugh's repeated retirements didn't help his lifetime numbers.
Somehow I missed the fact that A-Rod now has 613 career homers, and 13 straight years of 30+ HR and 100+ RBI. Pretty impressive.
I see that thread on baseball-reference is ranking shortstops by lifetime Wins Above Replacement. I think Bill James had Arky second in peak value among shortstops, which does sound reasonable. His lifetime totals are hurt by his losing three years to WW2; if you gave him back those three years at an average of 4 WAR/year, his lifetime totals would pass Yount and be bumping up against Ripken for 4th place. A-Rod wasn't a factor in James's list from 10 years ago, and he doesn't really belong on this list now because he's been a third baseman for the last 7 years.

As for Danny Murtaugh, I don't remember what James says about him in this managers book. This is one of the only Bill James books I didn't have. Not sure why I missed it, except that it came out in 1997 when I was focused on other things.
I just realized that my baseball tag just passed renaissance english drama (ex-Shakespeare). I guess that means I need to start publishing in the Baseball Research Journal instead of ROMARD.
By the way, you just added to our list of common books with "A Strange Eventful History".
Well, I can't find him in the online Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (, but he could have been one of the Norman invaders, who are not covered as thoroughly in PASE...
You laugh, but the Protoball chronology ( mentions a reference to "bittle-battle" in the Domesday Book, which may be a reference to an early version of "stool-ball". (See the chronology under 1086.1)
3,700! Onward to 4,000!
The Chris Von Der Ahe bio is also pretty interesting. That guy was involved in a ton of lawsuits, which are listed in an appendix. I love that kind of stuff, due to all the lawsuits I've found in my theatre history research.
I just added to our common list with the Wagner bio.
Not quite. By my unofficial count I brought back 43 books, 30 from Leeds and 13 from London, though those figures may be slightly off. I've just input the first one, the 1982 EETS edition of the Digby plays.
Yes, I've just received no 10 & completed the set. Now to read them....
Thanks. I recommend joining Friends of Arthur Machen. The hardback journal is superb. Google the name - they have a website. I know you Arthurian so you may interested to know I saw the Mike Poulton/RSC adaptation of Mort Arthur at Stratford last month.It was excellent & well worth traveling to see if it ever shows in the US.
Nice! Thank you. I've downloaded The Certain Hour so as to take it with me on a trip this week. Jurgen has been on my TBR list for a while, so maybe this will prod me closer to it.

While waiting for the remainder of your post, I'll offer you my thanks. I will be on the lookout for these titles. You're right, the decadent thing is but a facet of the wonderfulness that is me (I?).

My impression of Cabell, which may be imperfect, is that he wrote in a somewhat florid or archaic idiom. But several people whose tastes I respect (yourself among them) seem to like him, so I will give him a decent try.

Again, many thanks.

PS: I have a box in the garage to take to the local bookseller for store credit. I am much too lazy to take the eBay route, but god knows the collection could use some weeding....
Thank God, I thought you had dropped dead in the middle of your post....
I see that you did pick up the selected Machen letters we discussed previously. There is a fair amount of Machen stuff (for impecunious types such as myself) on Internet Archive, including the tobacco piece, and an appreciation of Machen by someone whose name escapes me at the moment. Did you ever find the Machen/Cabell correspondence you were looking for?

Now, suppose I really wanted to dip my toes into Cabell - where, pray tell, would I start?
I've never had that problem, but I could see that if you were only casually familiar with them, especially the two HH's. All three are in the HOF, but Hooper is there primarily for his glove. The author of that Deadball Offensive Stars book was dissing Hooper, saying he doesn't deserve to be in the Hall, which is what prompted me to order this bio.
There are some interesting topics and information from that newsgroup. A bit heavy on chatter at times, but those-who-know appear to be on the list. FOAM is/was (I have lapsed) great in large part because of the Faunus and Machenalia publications. Quite worthwhile if you're interested in Machen (I was in Machenic ecstasy when a Machenalia issue of a few years back included several of John Gawsworth's impossible-to-find horror stories - and a dvd of a Gawsworth interview).

Glad I got you your book and a used bookshop some business - but I hope you aren't the one who grabbed my unwisely passed up copy of Starrett's Seaports in the Moon: a Fantasia on Romantic Themes - in dj ;).
Hello, C-W, nice to hear from you. No, there is nothing to/from Cabell in that particular volume. Correspondence is with A.E. Waite (of the Golden Dawn), Colin Summerford, John Gawsworth, and some minor miscellaneous correspondence. Hope this helps.

(BTW, I will now have to keep an eye out for Machen/Cabell correspondence. It would have to be interesting, eh?)

Naw, that was Sir Henry Neville. The truth will out!
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This is actually a friend's cat, "Chicken Bunny". She's visiting my profile.
Response on your comment re: Cabell's reference to Teddy in Cream of the Jest

Finally looked up the chapter, and now I recall guessing that's who it was ... but had no idea Cabell had met him personally. I also wonder if the others at table were references to actual folks: the financier, the general, and so on.

Thanks for the reminder of this section, I've such a terrible memory when it comes to books, basically remembering whether I like the book or not. One of the reasons I like LT, it helps remind me of what I like about specific titles.
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Okay, if you say so, though I must say it's awfully difficult to see! I'll change my vote.
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Here is s a lsightly better copy of the same image,from flickr, where it is stated to be in the public domain:

The author of the book to which this is the title page, Thomas Heywood, is pictured as sleeping in the lower left corner. This is the only known 'portrait' of Heywood, who died in 1640.

The other download of this image has been flagged as being 'not an author image'. This seems an overly strict-constructionist interpretation of what consitutes an author image. With Heywood it's this or nothing.
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In fact, as my original comment indicated, this engraving from the title page of a work by Heywood contains the only known 'portrait' of Heywood. The figure shown sleeping in the lower left of the engraving is the author.
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In the lower left corner can be seen Heywood asleep...

Thanks to you as well.

No, its not my house though I wish it was! I took the photo while on holiday in New England. Its in Providence Rhode Island & called the Fleur de Llys building. It was used in H P Lovecrafts story the Call of Cthulhu as the home of the dreamer Wilcox.

Cadwallon campaigned in my neck of the woods - Northumberland. He killed off the Northumbrian King Edwin as I recall. Though we have forgiven him.

Best Wishes
By sending me a message about Julian Symons,I realised that I haven't entered six of his titles ! So,many thanks for reminding me.
If you look now you will see the corrected list of Symons books.Some of them are quite favourites and some leave me a little cold I must admit.The non-fiction are best for me I suppose. However I need to re-read one or two to remind me.I'll let you know how I get on.
Best wishes
Thanks for the correction re. Heywood - you have to be really careful with these John/Thomas problems...

I've kept the attribution to Thos. for the moment, as it is thus in both Cochrane and Advocates Library, so I imagine it's actually Thos. who is mentioned on the title page of the 1820 reprint. LoC, the Bodleian, and Edinburgh University all attribute it to Thos. as well. I have put a note in the Comments anyway. Do you have a reference I can give for the correct attribution?

Diolch yn fawr!

pp. Sir Walter Scott, Bart (deceased)
Thanks for the message. Glad you view my library on occasions.
I see that we share no less than 1067 books,which is quite something.
Love your cat photographs by the way.
Best wishes
I don't remember catching the hidden Teddy portrait in Cream of the Jest ... is it in a specific chapter? It would be fun to review it.

I'm hoping to finish my current novel soon, so I can move on to Silver Stallion. Birth of a child is playing havoc with my reading time, though. But I'm determined to make the downtime shorter than it was for the birth of my first, I really can't abide months and months like last time.
Congrats on hitting 11,000!
I've got a couple more Revels volumes coming. I'm trying to fill in the ones I'm missing, starting mostly with those available in paperback.

I thought you had gotten that Rose and Globe MoLAS volume, but I guess we had just talked about it. It's very thorough, as those volumes always are, with sections on the history of playhouses in England and on the Continent, the history of the Bankside going back to the middle ages, the personnel and workings of the Rose via Henslowe's diary, etc. (in addition to the purely archeological stuff).
I've been twice in the past, most recently to Philadelphia. I won't be making it this year, though.
Hey Bill, and thanks for leaving your comments on Light In August on my thread. Yes, there was much religious symbolism in the book, but perhaps a little too obvious? I'll never see Joe Christmas as a Jesus Christ figure even though he may have been the vehicle for Rev. Hightower's redemption in the end. I sympathized with his character but looked on him more as the grandson of Satan's minion who inherited some of the tendencies for evil instead of good. Maybe I'd better take a look at some of the criical essays that were posted on the Faulkner group site to educate myself.

Interesting that you saw the correlation between LIA and Prodigal Summer. It's been a good while since I read that one, but there does seem to be a connection. I think I'll be seeing Faulkner's influence on some other authors. I'm getting ready to read the latest book by Louise Erdrich. She has also created a mythical community (hers is comprised of S. Dakota Ojibwe Indians) and weaves the characters in and out of her books.

After reading about your background, I'm wondering if you've read A Well-lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee? It's a memoir about his life as a bookseller that I enjoyed reading last year, but then I'm a big fan of books about books. Happy reading!
I hope heaven is awash in waitresses, as I once was.
Thanks for the 3/6 heads up. A revised PDF is going up on my site right now.

Crawford's different from Cabell. He's a Genteel Tradition author. But he was not without wisdom, and could write very well.
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