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About meWidow, 82. I am a retired systems analyst and former art teacher. Product of the U of Chicago in the 40's. In love with literature, classical music, jazz, blues, and expressionist and abstract art. Liberal humanist, feminist. Mother, and grandmother. My outdated wish list of books is on 'almigwinwishlist' in LT.

About my libraryMostly english 19th and 20th century fiction,with a lot of European and some Latin American fiction and poetry in translation, literary criticsm and biography, history and philosophy. Poetry is dual language when available. I have a few hundred art books, and lots of cookbooks-french, italian, chinese, mediterranean. I try to get the collected works of all the great poets that I know of up to mid 20th century, if in English, or in dual language or translation.
I have attempted to get all or most of the works of these authors: Anthony Trollope, Wm Shakespeare, Tobias Smollett, DeFoe, Stendahl, Fielding, Dickens, Fanny Burney, Sterne, the Brontes, Austen, Maria Edgeworth, George Eliot, Wm. Makepeace Thackeray, Honore de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Marcel Proust, Henry James, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Nina Berberova, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Willliam Gass, Gertrude Stein, Joseph Roth, Philip Roth, Henry Roth, Ivan Turgenev, Anton Checkov, Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Nabokov, Ivan Goncharov, Vasily Grossman, Edith Wharton, Anita Brookner, Marjorie Sharp, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Elizabeth Bowen, Georgette Heyer, Muriel Spark, Saul Bellow, I.B and I.J. Singer, J. M. Coetzee, Herodotus, Thucydides, Gibbon, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, Mill, Homer, Spinoza, Rawls, and recordings of all the works of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. I have dual language poetry books in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Russian and Yiddish. I have not yet learned to read the Russian but I am trying. I have come to love the modern Polish poets, but I cannot read Polish. I collect short story and poetry anthologies in dual language if possible.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, And Other Stories, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Bug Collectors, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2014, Cookbookers, Fans of Russian authors, In Translation, Jewish Bibliophilesshow all groups

Favorite authorsVladislav Khodasevich, Aischylos, Anna Akhmatova, Guillaume Apollinaire, Hannah Arendt, Aristotle, Louis Armstrong, art tatum and ben webster, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Jane Austen, Isaac Babel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ingeborg Bachmann, Honoré de Balzac, Béla Bartók, Cecilia Bartoli, Charles Baudelaire, John Bayley, Samuel Beckett, Max Beckmann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Louis Begley, Saul Bellow, Vanessa Bell, Walter Benjamin, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Nina Berberova, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Bernhard, Mark Bittman, Heinrich Böll, Harold Bloom, Elizabeth Bowen, Georges Braque, Bertolt Brecht, Hermann Broch, Anita Brookner, Fanny Burney, John le Carré, Elliott Carter, Paul Celan, Geoffrey Chaucer, Anton Chekhov, Julia Child, J.M. Coetzee, Ivy Compton-Burnett, William Congreve, Anna Del Conte, e. e. cummings, Elizabeth David, Miles Davis, Robert Desnos, Emily Dickinson, Margaret Anne Doody, Maria Edgeworth, George Eliot, T. S. Eliot, Paul Éluard, Euripides, Bill Evans, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Carol Field, Ida Fink, Penelope Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Max Frisch, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Gaskell, William H. Gass, Edward Giobbi, Nikolai Gogol, Joyce Esersky Goldstein, Glenn Gould, Graham Greene, Juan Gris, Vassili Grossman, Georg Friedrich Händel, Coleman Hawkins, Marcella Hazan, Maida Heatter, Zbigniew Herbert, Billie Holiday, Homer, Gerard Manley Hopkins, David Hume, Henry James, James Joyce, Frida Kahlo, Immanuel Kant, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Hugh Kenner, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, John Locke, Robert Lowell, Sheila Lukins, Stéphane Mallarmé, Olivia Manning, Henri Matisse, Edna St. Vincent Millay, John Stuart Mill, Czesław Miłosz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Amedeo Modigliani, Thelonious Monk, Eugenio Montale, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, Jessye Norman, Seán O'Casey, Flannery O'Connor, Clifford Odets, Eugene O'Neill, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Nicanor Parra, Cesare Pavese, Fernando Pessoa, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Rawls, Terry Riley, Arthur Rimbaud, Claudia Roden, Sonny Rollins, Julee Rosso, Joseph Roth, Philip Roth, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Israel Joshua Singer, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tobias Smollett, Sophocles, Muriel Spark, Gertrude Stein, Stendhal, Laurence Sterne, wyslawa symborska, J. M. Synge, Toru Takemitsu, Elizabeth Taylor, William Makepeace Thackeray, Colm Tóibín, Leo Tolstoy, Honor Tracy, Anthony Trollope, Barbara Tropp, Ivan Turgenev, Giuseppe Ungaretti, César Vallejo, Giovanni Verga, Paul Verlaine, Giambattista Vico, Antonio Vivaldi, Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Paula Wolfert, James Wood, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Wycherley, Lester Young (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingAlfred Portale's Twelve Seasons Cookbook: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Best There is to Eat by Alfred Portale
You Are the Love of My Life: A Novel by Susan Richards Shreve
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
By Women: An Anthology of Literature by M.M. Folsom
Poetry of W.H. Auden: Disenchanted Island by Monroe K. Spears
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Hi Miriam,

I found that I was getting a little bored with many of the American writers I was reading, and when that feeling joined my interest in other places, I propelled myself into the world of translated lit. One of my big problems is that I am interested in too much, and then of course, I love to go out and find books. I had to open a bookstore years ago to get rid of some (didn't ultimately work, there are around 25,000 books currently in the house)... I really liked Ngugi wa Thiong'o's WIZARD OF THE CROW if you are looking for a Kenyan to read. I haven't read much from Asia lately, but I remember liking Tanizaki, Soseki, and Kawabata from reading them years ago. Clarice Lispector from Brazil is pretty interesting too... I need to figure out how to add "favorite authors" to my Library Thing page (I know that it can't be that hard, just haven't quite cracked it) - then I'll list a bunch of my favorites... RODERICK RANDOM is one of my all-time favorite.


Hi Miriam,

I liked the fact that you are interested in Latin American literature specifically and translated literature in general. Translated literature is one of my main interests. Some of your favorite authors are also mine - Machado de Assis, Honoré de Balzac, Isaiah Berlin, Anton Chekhov, Graham Greene, Zbigniew Herbert, James Joyce, Czeslaw Milosz, Eugenio Montale, Vladimir Nabokov, Cesare Pavese, Fernando Pessoa, William Shakespeare, Tobias Smollett, Stendhal, William Makepeace Thackeray, Giuseppe Ungaretti - to name a few. I just started up again with Library Thing after neglecting it for a while and need to add some favorite authors to my page... Keep reading!


Hi Miriam,

Good luck with your Polish studies. Practical Russian Reader by Tamara Moreton is for Intermediate students and contains lots of vocabulary and grammer points so is a teaching and learning tool, not just for entertainment.

Hi Miriam,

I notice you have a copy of Easy Russian, which I also have.

Are you still studying Russian? If so, you might find Practical Russian Reader helpful. It is a new book of Russian short stories with helpful exercises.

Let me know what you think of it?


Thanks Miriam! It seems to have touched a chord in many. Poor old Eddie Torr.
Hope you are well!
Hi, you asked about my book Whispers, Cries & Tatrums. It's available at the publisher: Moonpie Press. Thanks for asking. Sorry it took so long to reply.
I was an English prof..and now I am engaged in pursuing medicine professionally. I was also once a Jesuit priest... all of this is a long story that I am writing about in the balance of the time that I am not sleeping! Your library struck me as a beautiful thoughtful life of the mind that brought deep abiding thoughts and memories on every page. Thank you for that gift.
Almigwin, I only just saw your updated profile. I'm so sorry.
Hi -- I look at your books every so often to get wonderful ideas for things to read. As I was looking this time, I saw that you've recently lost your husband. I'm so, so sorry. I can't imagine the loss.

All best thoughts -- Susan
Thanks. Now that I have come this far (I actually intend to read this book, when I finish an Einstein biography and history of physics)I am going to consider bypassing the thrift stores and buying your recommendation on Amazon. I really should stop being so stingy and staying with a topic I have started.
Not to belabor this...but looks like we are moving in the same direction. I just bought The Pound Era at a thrift store..slipped it past my disapproving daughter...who also slipped in her own favorites...Fedor's Hawaii and a book on the Northwest...(planning to visit last 5 states...take her twins to all the states before graduation in 2 years) and a book on historic houses.

I have only dipped into the Pound Era and found, economics.

I had never heard of this Douglas guy...Economic Democracy...

"The real unit of the world's currency is The Time Energy unit"...not gold.
Ah so true.

If we were to calculate the loss of this time energy unit ..from the unemployment in the world right now...lifetimes not to return.
Delighted to come across your collection. How are you storing it ? We are of similar ages, but I do not have your range of competencies or interests. Funny I located you because of our both having Saturday Night Fever...of course I saw it when it came out, but just the DVD as a present and saw it again. A real classic and a story of the search for a future by young people.
Holiday arrived today ... thank you, thank you Miriam !!!!!
Dear Miriam,

Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I love your poetry collection. Like you, I own a lot of dual language poetry books; I prefer those even in languages I don't read at all.

Grimmelshausen is great fun. I had an older copy, but couldn't pass up the Dedalus edition.

Of course, Rabelais is master of them all!
Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see up there on the right that we share a lot of books. You must have excellent taste! Either that or we both just have way too damn many books....
Miriam thought this might interest you.

Hi, almigwin! I know this is totally out of the blue but when I saw that I share Richard Brinsley Sheridan with you (and only you!) as a favorite author I just had to say hello. We share 42 books. Which is very small considering your 6000+ library but it is a lot for me who has some 132 books catalogued. Your library is fascinating. I hope someday my library will be as big as yours. Goodbye and take care!
Hi almigwin--Thanks for marking my library. As you know, I find yours an interesting library as well.

A lot of the names in the global reading and recommendations category are books I've seen on LT. Others I got from lists printed in various places of things like "Most Important Books by African Authors" or "Eastern European Literature." The ones in the recommendations category are ones that I've heard about but don't know much about, so that I need to explore more before I decide whether I want to read them. As I said on my profile, the books in my library tagged "Collections Only," which these are, are books I don't have, but am interested in.

Hello Almigwin--I've added you to my list of interesting libraries--we share almost 500 books and a lot of the same favorite authors. I'm especially interested in browsing your art books.


Are you taking all your books with you to Florida? When I moved 1/2 mile down the road, I took most of mine, but it took a while to re-arrange everything. I have history in the living room, health, medicine & science next to the table, memoirs & Biog. along the wall, religion, inspiration & favorite authors in my bedroom & fiction along the wall by the computer. Seldom read books are in boxes under the bed.

This is a poem which was in the spring issue of Main Channel Voices:
Hello Miriam! I haven't been doing much socially on LT for a long time, but just thought I would stop by and see how you were getting on. I wanted to thank you for praising my poem about Hopkins all that time ago. I've decided to start writing seriously again and am taking a creative-writing course in the autumn. Also just discovered W.G. Sebald. Austerlitz is one of the most wonderful books I've read in a long time.

Take care!
Dear Miriam,

thank you for the note. The fact that you've amassed over six-thousand books makes it interesting in itself. But I admire your large number of cookbooks, and yes, the French literature. I have a lot to learn from some serious LThing'ers like yourself. And I love to peek into other's libraries to see what "they're made of" so to speak. It is a great enjoyment.
I wish you lots more good reading, and all the best!
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