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TagsFrench (1,384), Tolkien (557), Modern Firsts (504), Fantasy (483), Poetry (452), Arthurian (404), ABC (366), Drama (364), 17th century (324), Early fantasy (292) — see all tags


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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. Somewhat to my surprise, over the past few years I've been drawn into the net of "modern first" collecting, with a focus on my favorite authors and books (which do include some of the "high spots"): Tolkien, Haggard, Buchan, W.H. Hodgson, M.R. James, E.R. Eddison, Conan Doyle, Kipling, R.L. Stevenson, Stoker, Wodehouse, Sapper, Chandler, Agatha Christie. At the other end of my collector's interest is my collection of 16th century antiquarian literature, with high points in Sir Thomas Browne, Robert Burton, Milton, Shakespeare and Izaak Walton.

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 Elrondshow all groups

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, J. L. Carr, Raymond Chandler, 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, Lord Dunsany, Lawrence Durrell, Umberto Eco, E. R. Eddison, Steven Erikson, John 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, Alexandre Dumas, pere, Frederick Rolfe, William Shakespeare, Georges Simenon, 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

LocationHaverhill, Massachusetts

Account typepublic

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Member sinceApr 20, 2006

Currently readingSaint-Simon : Mémoires, tome I 1691-1701 by Saint-Simon
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien
Idylls of King and Selected Poems by Alfred Tennyson
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Oxford World's Classics) by John Cleland
Le Morte d'Arthur (Modern Library Classics) by Thomas Sir Malory
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