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La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant
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About meCollege, which ought to have led me to become an English lit scholar, instead took me to law school, where I learned just enough real law to become a humdrum "in-house" corporate lawyer. One great blessing of this unplanned vocation has been to enable me to buy and read all (or nearly all) the books I want, which is probably the next best thing to literary scholarship, with none of the publish-or-perish nonsense. I'm also married with two young daughters.
About my libraryInterests evolve, of course, but presently I'm most interested in English literature from the 12th through the 18th centuries, with growing specialized collections in Middle English, Arthurian romance, Elizabethan-Jacobean drama, Boswell/Johnson-iana and "early" (Tolkien and earlier) fantasy literature (including Lost Race books and pulps). I have numerous other mini-collections, including 19th & 20th century ghost stories and psychic detective stories, World War I, paleography and manuscript art, and medieval French literature. Within these areas I'm drawn both to academic/critical editions and to "firsts."
Groups18th Century British Literature, Adventure Classics, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Anglophiles, Antiquarian Books, Arthurian Legends, Baker Street and Beyond, Birds, Birding & Books, Christianity, Council of Elrond —show all groups, E. F. Benson, Ernest Bramah, FantasyFans, Felony & Mayhem Press, Fine Press Forum, Flashman and Fraser, Folio Society devotees, Geeks who love the Classics, Ghost Stories, Past and Present, History: On learning from and writing history, Inklings, Lawyers, Legacy Libraries, Library of America Subscribers, Military History, Nabokov!, New York Review Books, Political Conservatives, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Science Fiction Fans, Shakespeare, The Chapel of the Abyss, The Rabble Discuss Cabell: James Branch Cabell &c, The Turk's Head, The Weird Tradition, The Winston Churchill Discussion Group, Travel and Exploration literature, Weird Fiction, Written in Stone - The Literary Cemetery
Favorite authorsLancelot Andrewes, C.E.W. Bean, Max Beerbohm, Algernon Blackwood, Kyril Bonfiglioli, James Boswell, Ernest Bramah, Sir Thomas Browne, Robert Browning, John Buchan, John Bunyan, Robert Burton, James Branch Cabell, Thomas Carlyle, Leslie Charteris, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Winston S. Churchill, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, Edmund Crispin, John Crowley, Avram Davidson, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Norman Douglas, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Lord Dunsany, Lawrence Durrell, Umberto Eco, E. R. Eddison, Steven Erikson, J. Meade Falkner, Patrick Leigh Fermor, C. S. Forester, J. W. Fortescue, Robert Greene, H. Rider Haggard, William Hope Hodgson, Robert E. Howard, Samuel Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, R. A. Lafferty, C. S. Lewis, H. P. Lovecraft, John Lukacs, Arthur Machen, Herman Melville, A. A. Milne, John Milton, Vladimir Nabokov, Patrick O'Brian, Mervyn Peake, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Frederick Rolfe, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Jeremy Taylor, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, Jack Vance, Evelyn Waugh, Edward Whittemore, Charles Williams, P. G. Wodehouse, Gene Wolfe, Dornford Yates (Shared favorites)
Real nameJames Clark
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceApr 20, 2006
Currently readingSaint-Simon : Mémoires, tome I 1691-1701 by Saint-Simon
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