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About me'I rot before I ripen.' -- Frederick Seidel

About my libraryI’m a literature addict and am particularly fascinated by movements that favor darker, more inward modes: the Gothic (especially), the Decadent, the Romantic. I admire books that carry some profound import along with their venom and find myself drawn to authors whose lives mirror their fictions: Gustav Meyrink, Algernon Blackwood, Oscar Wilde, Charles Maturin, Mohammed Mrabet, Poe, Byron, Paul Bowles. I’m drawn to older stuff, clearly, but when I’m reading a more modern work, I like it to have a strong awareness of the past and a certain numbing self-relevance, if that makes any sense at all. In non-fiction, favorite subjects are botany, chess, mysticism, esoterica, and Middle-Eastern studies (particularly literature, art, and architecture; less so on the politics and religion).

I’m a student pursuing a lit degree, and so my library is heavy with classics and things that should be classics. A lot of shelf-space is taken up with Gothic titles, as that’s my main area of interest and study. I’d like to think I’m well-rounded, but I know I’m more devoted to my obsessions than I am open-minded to good work for good work’s sake: but collecting books tends to justify some of that narrow-mindedness, by allowing us to explore the things that interest us in a way that maintains their relevance in our lives whether or not we ever read, discuss, or write about them academically. I find their presence comforting and vaguely validating; a perusal of my bookcases always leaves me feeling more intelligent and more alive, regardless of whether the titles are just words with (as yet) no meaning and only mystery. That mystery is the reason I’ve been drawn to fiction all my life: and particularly to what we might call ‘forgotten fictions.’ Someone needs to keep a candle burning for Melmoth the Wanderer, or Venus in Furs, or The Golem, or The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. I like being one of those people who cries ‘read this’ to other people; because even if they never open the book, I’ve done something important: something I can admire myself for. Books are a kind of self-worship, then, I think—and the best kind, because they make us better, not worse, for our own pride; and what a Gothic or Decadent or Romantic idea that is: how my books have poisoned me! Maybe I’ve poisoned them, too…

(While we're on the subject: I keep a pair of blogs for reviews and such, one on the Gothic and another on the Decadent. The links are below. Please take a look. :)

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Favorite authorsAischylos, Charles Baudelaire, William Beckford, Algernon Blackwood, Paul Bowles, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, Mohamed Choukri, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, Allen Ginsberg, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Paul Leppin, H. P. Lovecraft, Medlar Lucan, Charles Robert Maturin, Gustav Meyrink, Octave Mirbeau, Mohammed Mrabet, Edgar Allan Poe, Georges Rodenbach, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Georges Simenon, Hermann Ungar, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)

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Thumbed your review of Melmoth, excellent, J. I read it 40 years ago but it's still an all-time favorite.
Hahaha! Glad you liked it! Thank you for the kind words!
Just a thought, while we're on the theme of films, and forgive me I we have already discussed it, but have you seen "Shadow of the Vampire"?


Hi J, we share a lot of strange and interesting books. Your current reading includes some old favorites; Meyrink and Huysmans.
Great reviews. Zofloya is one I'm keen to acquire. I read several of the old gothic novels a couple years ago (Walpole, Radcliffe, Lewis) and am always keeping an eye out for more in the gothic/macabre vein. I shall have to plunder your library for ideas.
As it happens I found one of my old poetry books from school (high school in the parlance of the US) and ironically enough it is entitled, "Albatross Book of Verse".

:-)

I have to admit that when I was using the book (in 1972) it felt like something hanging around my neck and dragging me down.
Well, I have finished the book. I enjoyed it, but as you will see from my review I do have a few reservations.

I agree with you that the shorter stories are good. I like short sharp tales and, despite what all the literary pundits say, I still love a good sting in the tale.

Your review comments about the stories being theatrical and atmospheric are spot on.

By the way, your review of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner has me intent of pulling out my old school poetry book and reading it. Also, it has me deciding to list out that handful of poems that registered with me. This list would include, The Raven (Poe), On Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Frost), Ozymandias (Shelley), and one that starts with, "Roar! Roar! Roar!" which is about the death of the poet's friend.
My comments will appear contradictory as I am enjoying the collection but I do have some issues with several of the stories.
I still have two stories to read, "The Runaway Lovers" and the "Vendetta".

I loved "The Cage". Talk about poetic justice and being careful about what you wish for. :-) I could feel myself stuck in that cage and buried forever beneath the great monument, never able to die and never able to relax. While one may have been supposed to feel horrified by it I'm afraid I couldn't stop smiling as it was the manipulative person who was in that situation.

I was not impressed with "Sanguinarius". In my opinion he was trying to be too clever and over stepped himself by trying to create a feel for the time using language that strived to imitate Shakespeare more than reality, especially as medieval English would not have been spoken in Easter Europe.

His "Comet Wine" left me a bit cold. He was basically taking a well trodden trope (and I hope that is some form of mixed metaphor, or whatever) and used it as a means of name checking as many Russian composers as he can squeeze in.

I hope to finish the collection today, but we are apparently having a nice, sunny day here and such an occurrence has been very rare this year, so I may be doing things in the garden. (Boring things, like cutting grass; cleaning the patio; putting down totally non-eco friendly weed killers (now there's something really horrific); thinking about painting the woodwork; etc...) Wow, what a wonderful day I have ahead of me. :-)

I hope the play is going well, or has gone well. Break a leg!

"Sagittarius" is a good tale, albeit with a slightly understated ending. He did make the occasional faux pas in his use of language. Not self respecting Englishman, especially one with "Lord" before his name would refer to a policeman's truncheon as a "nightstick".

Thanks for your comment! I'll check out your review of A REBOURS. -- KW
No problem, I tailor-made my collection of 200 books on this site to help people find more obscure decadent novels/plays/poetry.
I loved "The Cage". That was definitely tongue-in-cheek. Such a perfect punishment.

I'm about half way through Sagittarius and he has certainly captured the Gay Paris atmosphere of Guy de Maupassant's time. I also like the swipe he takes at writers of Gothic stories (those writers that identify a year as 18__) which includes his own writing as he has used the same technique in Sardonicus.

Thank you, again, for the push to read Russell.
Ok, so I managed to read your paragraph about Sardonicus and I must say I agree totally with all the bits I understood. ;-)
By the way, just in case you're interested, I have been posting notes on my 2013 reading in The Green Dragon group, here.

By the way, I will not read your "Haunted Castles" review until I have finished reading it myself. I'm anal, sorry, I mean religious, that way.

...and then again there are parallels with Poe's Telltale Heart...
It is seven minutes to midnight and I have just finished Sardonicus, the first story in Ray Russell's Haunted Castles. As has happened before your LT communications have prompted me to read something that I have had on my shelves for some time.

I enjoyed the story. I have written a brief review which I will include here. Thank you for the prompting. I look forward to reading the other stories soon.

Sardonicus
In the early parts of this story I felt the author was trying too hard to express himself in a fashion suitable to the period and also believed the story was too stereotype in how it engineered the conveyance of the main character to the remote castle where God knew what horrors were to befall him. My feelings abated however, when the villain of the piece told the story of the Polish family and the actions of the youngest son. At that stage my interest was piqued and I was intrigued to find out what Russell had in store for me and how he was going to integrate the story of the family with the protagonist’s circumstances.

The rest of the story captured my imagination and it had many aspects that satisfied me. It explored motivation from many angles including rewards, both financial and of the flesh, and the cruelty of indirect threat towards an innocent victim. It provoked thoughts about the power of the mind while it used the mind to not only release the villain from a self created affliction but also had his mind punish him. Did the villain subconsciously punish himself from some sense of guilt for his crimes that he was not aware of?

The twists in this story reminded me of the dénouement of Daphne du Maurier’s "Rebecca" with the reader left wondering whether justice was served and who was the victor and who the victim.

Hello there.

You might be interested to know that there's a 60-minute documentary about Ziggy Stardust just finishing on BBC Radio 2 now. I haven't checked, but I imagine it'll be on iPlayer for the next week.

Kind Regards
Are you a depeche mode fan? Violator is a perfect album.
Just started Lucio's Confession now.
Brava! Stunning review of the Golum. Now I'm going to have to read it!
great review of Meyrinck! Keep those candles burning!
Hi - I have to confess to not even knowing about 'Lucio's Confession' - I've just ordered a copy from Amazon.

You've now got me wondering about the when, where, and why of my interest in the Decadents; I hope it's something more elevated that "The Chap" magazine (do you know about it? There's a website...)
Hi

I (unknowingly) had comments disabled since I joined last year, and didn't know you'd made me an "interesting library". So belated thanks for that.
Um - that should be PrinciPAL Boy, of course.
Hi Jourdain,

Pantomime Dame - a bit of a tricky subject. Because ... you don't have a tradition of panto in the US. I remember reading an article, a few years back, where the writer mentioned being met with near-total incomprehension and not a little suspicion when trying to explain the subtleties of Pantomime Dames and Principle Boys to a group of Americans.

How familiar are you with the conventions of traditional panto?

I suppose I'd better give you fair warning - I gave some thought to the subject when I belatedly read the Punter & Byron article, a while back, and could easily inflict a thousand or so words on you on the subject!

Paul.
Love your blog. After reading your review, I downloaded [Vathek] (pistachio-stuffed lamb and drugged sherberts? How could I resist?) and spent much of tonight reading it. I'd forgotten how much fun Gothic lit is. Thank you!
Best wishes,
Annemarie
You know, I was actually considering getting Lodger just the other day. I think I have some amazon credits toward an mp3. Talk me into it!

Amazon has some hard-to-find Harry Nilsson on mp3 now like Sandman, Knnillssonn, and Duit on Mon Dei. If I can get my parents to ok the gift budget for xmass I'm getting those. They are only like 10 bucks or so. Not great gym stuff, more like man living alone, occasionally drinking heavily stuff, winter-time music. His sound got peculiar at the end, the melodies, instrumentation, the writing, etc. Idiosyncratic. He had no ability to write songs that showed his voice off as well as the covers he did, but his sound at the end is very unique.

Still digging Stage a lot. It's a little weird, the order. The CD I burned is one way, the mp3 player is another. It's something to do with the re-release. A couple of the tracks from Low are superb. I've been trying to find a bootleg of "sound and vision" that was played during that tour, nothing yet on yuotube.

How's Monterey?
I got Stage. Station to Station, Stay, some of the Low songs all very nice stuff. It sounds "big". He even threw some Ziggy in for good measure. Soul love, Star...
Sounds good to me.

By the way, it was not the Ray Russell volume I picked up recently; it was a bookcase. I've been filling it with books I've had in boxes and realised I hadn't catalogued the Russell book on LT, hence the recent posting.

My reading has taken a back seat this past week. I've been tidying my study to make room for new bookcases and have spent the evenings stacking the shelves. You're probably like me; pick up a book to put on the shelf, think, "Ah! I forgot I had that. Wonder what the first page is like...". Half hour later, the book gets to the shelf.

:-)

I've been rediscovering loads of forgotten treasures. See posting #85 on this thread (http://www.librarything.com/topic/121891 ) for examples.
Just read your Maturin review - great stuff, you write a lot better than I can :) One day I'll get round to reading it myself ;)
Hey,

Just remembered I didn't back to you about Melmoth. It's a great edition.First time I looked at the pictures I didn't love them, but the more I look at them the more I appreciate them. Quite different to hat you normally get from Folio (you could say that about the whole book!). I absolutely love the binding design, very brave of them! It'sa much bigger book han I expected, I doubt I'll get round to reading it any time soon :(

Looking at your wall I have also just remembered I promised you pictures of The Anatomy of Melcnholy. Oops, sorry :( Still want some?

Hope you are well
x
Hi Jourdain,

Just to let you know that I've finished Book I. So - whenever you're ready.
hey, how r u?
I'm jealous you're doing literature classes. At university i studied maths and only maths (and even in college before that only really maths and physics, the English education system seems to focus you on specific subjects a lot more than the American one from what I've seen) so I feel I've missed out in learning about the arts even though I love reading and music.

I was trying for the 100, but due to my inconsistent behaviour I've falled a little behind the last month or so. I guess I'd be pleased with 75 as other than my university years that's probably more books than I've read before.

I don't think I'm focused and consistent enough for the diary idea. I tend to 'binge read', my diary would be like:
Day 1: read nothing
Day 2: read nothing
Day 3: read 2 entire novels and 3 poems
Day 4: read another novel and 4 short stories
Day 5: read nothing

etc etc

I'm unfortunately like this with most everything lol. I do tend to read on the train to and from work each day though.

I also feel like it might be more a reflection on what was on sale than what my midn was doing in my case! Though I do agree what you read is very personal and probably reflects on you quite a lot.

I've already seen your Vathek review :) and indeed some of the others. It's a great review (I wasn't even aware of the book until I read your review, now I'd quite like to read it).
I feel you are trying to upstage me with your 2011 read list :P

You've almost overtaken me (and less of yours are childrens books a.k.a. cheating lol). Though you do also have a few 'quick reads' on your list.

How big do you anticipate your list will be by December 31st? :)

Is there a reason (other than pure enjoyment) you have been reading so many plays?

I saw the Folio Vathek in a used book shop last week and didn't pick it up, went back later and it was gone :( I'm not having much luck with Folios at the moment as I keep forgetting to bid on auctions too, I just missed out on a really cheap Once and Future King which I've been wanting for ages!

Anyway let me know when you guys are doing gothic reading part 5, Sorry I've missed all the others (I did read Usher but by the time I got back online you guys had moved on 3 stories!). I'm skipping out this round as though I like Coleridge I'm not much of one for analysing and discussing poetry.
I enjoyed your fab. review of Vathek, which I am currently reading in Folio form (a recommendation of Lolawalser!) Thanks for posting it on LT!!
Yeah, I've always liked China Girl. The video is excellent. Have you heard Iggy's version? It's great too. I'm going to snap some photos of my bookshelves, maybe put them on flickr or take a few of ones I have on LT off.

Yeah, I played it the other night and was still buzzing from it. It's a great overall listen. Not too much of any one thing. Cohesive. I just wish I hadn't been so familiar with Jean Genie from the Best of album I have. Still, a great track. For me, I really love Drive In and Prettiest Star for their sentimental flavor. The raunchier heavy stuff and the theatrical numbers, the exotic keys of Aladdin Sane and Lady Grinning Soul. The nice
Stones cover. Perfect. There's like two of each style.

Here's a great live version of John, I'm Only Dancing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS8MZ4bonPo&feature=related

Mick's guitar is really enjoying "pride of place".

I'm getting those springtime blues for some reason. Enervated. Listless.

I think I'm going to get Let's Dance at some point soon. I've been downloading from Amazon. If you stagger it you usually receive a $1 credit toward your next mp3 download. Maybe Kinks Word of Mouth. Early 80's rock and roll, remastered, sounds good to me lately.

You've never heard these guys?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-cmeVcoRBA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9-NOIalUYU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdF4lfdd2NM

No, I've been reading the posts from the group and enjoying them. You are a natural writer, I envy that!

I was looking at the library's edtion of Maupassant. The one you mentioned, Was it a Dream? and Waiter, a Bock (I think I read a third, a girl who meets a guy with a certain story and then he sees her walking around with another guy a day later givng him the same story and she winks at him, or something along those lines). Was it a Dream? was creepshow creepy, undeniably. I didn't realize Maupassant had this quality in his works to such an extent.

You know that comment on Wikipedia about Aladdin Sane not being the sum of its parts, I agree with it to a certain extent, yet all the same, it never plays itself out. Even Time, which should get annoying after the Nth listening, never grates. Maybe it's a little of that the Mick Ronson guitar squeal dead center too. Regardless, they're all really solid songs with great production, beautifully recorded.

I just started Flann o'Brien's Thrid Policeman. It is quite amusing. Laugh out loud almost. It contains a ridiculous opening paragraph. Grab the Everyman's, it's got everything he wrote and a beautiful red canvas cover.

I've been having more fun than I thought I would rearranging my books. I like to think I'm throwing a dinner party sometimes, when I place them on my shelves. Colors and size matter most, but content and the authors themselves also have to be considered. Anyway, there was so much I forgot I owned, because they were sequestered in closets, that I felt like I was looting through a very good used bookstore with the owner's permission, only they were all my books.

Anyway, the tree pollen is killing me. La Horla style. I don't know if you guys get that on the west coast or not. But all the leaves are almost out, so I should see relief soon. There was some truth in that M Night Shyamalan movie with Marky Mark in it where the trees were killing people.
Hello, veilofisis - a bit more on our mentions of [[Tanith Lee]] in the Reading Group thread.

I hesitate to recommend her these days as I've done so in the past only to meet bemusement; but given your tastes I think I'm on safe ground in this case. She's astonishingly prolific for such a good (in my opinion) writer (see here - http://www.daughterofthenight.com/ - for an 'annotated bibliography') and I've only read a fraction of her stuff; but I think she's just wonderful. I don't know anything about her, but, from her fiction, I suspect she's very well-read - even expert - in the Gothic, plus fin-de-siecle and so on. She's difficult to pigeon-hole and gets labelled as 'fantasy', but that's a bit misleading and I don't think [The Lord of the Rings] is where she's coming from at all! Her stories can be difficult and elusive (not a condemnation after 'Halpin Frayser'!): I tried to write a review of [The Book of the Damned] and I struggled. Looking at it now, I realise it's probably better as a description of her novels in general (those I've read so far, anyway). It's on my profile page, for what it's worth.

As a taster, I'd recommend one of her short story collections [Forests of the Night] and [Women as Demons], preferably the latter as being more strictly Gothic in tone.
The photographs are nice. On a scale it would around 7ish or higher. Had some cool stuff I've never seen. Overall it is a cool book, and one of my favorites in that 'series.'.
Hey there!

I did indeed finish it, though I'm not confident I have enough to say to start a topic on it.

I feel like it should have been a play rather than a novel (I know I know, he was breaking new ground, but wow what a load of drama!).

It's quite difficult to work out what was cliché when he wrote it and what has only become cliché since. I wish he'd developed and expanded on the supernatural side of things a little more too, I appreciate in gothic works they don't always expand fully on the supernatural element but it usually provides a backdrop or atmosphere to the tale whereas in Otranto I think it felt a little tacked on.

As I said in your thread on the group: I'm glad I've read it but doubt I'll read it again any time soon.

I'm struggling to say anything positive about it but I did quite enjoy it really in a silly, guilty pleasure sort of way.

What were your thoughts?

Liam

P.S. I never know what to call you as veilofisis is too long, veil too weird and I can't spell your real name :P
That's so funny, I just saw your thing about symbol dictionaries and thought I would mention it. It was surprizing that Penguin would put out such a cool book, but I remember seeing it in the library, having a hard time putting it down and deciding I needed to own it (I actually bought their copy once the cover started to pull away from the binding, for a buck).

Non-patronising is a great way to put it. Very heady, rich stuff. Sometimes you read a book like that and you feel like your focus is too specific, that there is a much different way of looking at life and objects. Those entries on colors are great. After a few of the interesting, loaded subjects, I went through to find what I thought was something harmless, boring or impossible to plumb with any great depth word/entry, then, POW...another great, mind bending exegesis. I had a professor who taught a class on post-modernism and he was capable of a similar type of conversation or thought process. I actaully felt drunk a few times when class got out, it was a night class too which made it even better as you could walk home undistrubed with some of those ideas rolling around in your head; and then, the night classes themselves were 3 hours long which made it more intense. He'd get really in Baudrillard and Walter Benjamin. Or Madonna. Out of context, it was too much for many of the students in the class, but as a follow-up to another 20th century art history course it made sense, or was just very stimulating. A lot of the rich girls took his comments about Benetton ads very personally. Advertising is a sacred thing for some.

Jourdaqin is a neat mistake name. Like a character mentioned by Tasso or Walter Scott in the Tailsman.

Scary monsters is so great, I guess I could have left it in the running. Great cover-to-cover. Teenage Wildlife...what a vocal performance! Up the hill backwards--so unique, so Talking Heads! Robert Fripp really did a number on the whole thing. I kinda feel like the Pixies were squeezed from the drum/guitar/vocal mix.

I got station to station last year, great, though I wish I held out for that re-release with the Nassau concert.

I've got both those versions on my mp3 player and keep going back and forth. Alladin Sane is another great album you don't ever get tired of listening to.

I've got Sweet Thing on David Live. Bowie should be a role model to other bands on how to do live releases, in terms of sound, song selections, etc. Ziggy Live is great, too bad they didn't include the Jeff Beck stuff. I guess Stage would be the only questionable one, but I've only heard snippets of it, I'll probably buy it at some point. Actually, now that I'm looking at it...you don't happen to have that do you? Thoughts?

Serious Moonlight is on my amazon wishlist. I really like cracked actor and scary monsters from that.

Do you have the Diamond Dogs with "We Are the Dead" and the alternate version of Candidate?

Some of those Ziggy cuts, Soul Love, Lady Stardust, Star (which I heard was done for the Serious Moonlight concerts, but isn't on the DVD), It Ain't Easy...are amazing. I did have a special regard for Hunky Dory, but it was the extended Rykodisc that I had with all the bonus material.

Yeah, Roxy was a big help this winter. So weird, I always thought they were a certain thing. At first I think Brian Ferry's vibrato is a little off putting. Then you listen to it, to the songs, and it is extraordinary and goes together like nothing else. Phil Manzanera...yikes!

You're welcome.

I have one of those lists as well.

David
Hi Veilofisis

You were asking me yesteray about the Name of the Rose. I received my copy yesterday and I can reccomend it. It's a beautiful volume and the binding, with it's gold highlights and unusual design, is realy nice. Good illustrations as well. Whats not to like - budget allowing, go for it.

David
Loved (and concurred with) your Vathek review!
Hi Veilofisis

I am pleased that you like my library. It is only a small part I have currently catalogued which I am trying to do manually to include all the right information for the special FS books I have.

All the best

Faisel
You're right - that was Puffinmuck that wanted to know about Fairy Books. You want my impressions of the Name of the Rose. I will let you know tomorrow.

All the best

David
I feel like I've just had a visitor to my place and forgot to tidy up beforehand! Sorry my library is a bit of a mess. Mostly due to the fact that this account is shared by my lady and I (though I think i tend to spend much more time with it). I've been trying to move her out to her own accoutn for a while but she's having none of it.

It's not very up to date at the moment as I'm self conscious that anything that gets added I shall be told off for later (I have a whole shelf of Easton Press books to add for one) and I haven't at all kept up with my tagging.

Ah well, mostly I just wanted to say hello! I wuld look through your library more but I'm havign to keep up the pretence that i actually do some work around here...
Hiello Veilosifis

I am pleased you like my library. The only problem is that its getting pretty big now so I may have to think about moving to a bigger house!

Hope you enjoy the Fairy Books. They are some of the most beautiful books that the FS have produced. You will become addicted for sure - but at least you have got three for free.

Happy reading

David (Quicksilver)
Hey, J! I uploaded a few close-ups of the Golem cover into my gallery:

http://www.librarything.com/pic/238362

but I'm afraid you can't really see what your fingers will feel--the slats in the roofs etc. are actually raised above the black background.
Hi! Oh, the endpapers are a nice colour, but ordinary, so I skipped them... I'm afraid I didn't convey the nicest thing about the cover--there's texture. Maybe I'll do a repeat... Folio's Melmoth is another on my wishlist...
Morning! Will these do? I'm so inept with the camera... and not a smidgen of sun today!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/113763#2633694
I love the Folio Golem! Recommended unreservedly! That is--you should check the illustrations; as long as they don't explicitly put you off, I think you'd like it. Note that it's paper-bound (and quarter buckram)--for my part, as I love paper bindings, that's great. I also love the size--IMO, Folio often tends to "oversize" books. So... yeah! Btw, let me know if you'd like to see more pics of it, I could take some. I don't keep Folio brochures so don't remember how much they showed.
Hi,

Nice to meet you veilofisis. I'm always looking out for new, interesting LT groups
to join. Since you have Isis in your name maybe you should think about joining
Fellowship of Isis. Just a suggestion.

Beatles1964
All LEC editions were letterpress--this marked the difference between them and the Heritage Press reprints (which were, especially in the first 30 years, not always reprints but letterpress editions as well). The Heritage reprints of the LEC were reproduced by offset lithography, same as most Folio Society publications.
the altar where the romantic worships the repulsive

As I do, every morning--noon--night!

One acolyte in, o Isis.
Isis--I hear and obey! ;)

Incidentally, if you like Gothic literature, you might be interested in its later cousins, near and remote, as explored in this group: The Chapel of the Abyss.
May I call you Isis? :)
Hi - I enjoyed your take on Brave New World. It's the absolute definition of classic dystopian fiction, but despite being a fan of the genre, I couldn't get past page twenty. I'm determined to give it another try based on your thoughtful review.

Oh, and I've added you to my 'interesting libraries' list because there isn't a 'fascinating libraries' option. Hope that's okay.

Trish
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