A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 2–A Literary Chronicle: 1920-1950 by Edmund Wilson

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? A Literary Chronicle: 1920-1950 by Edmund Wilson.

A Literary Chronicle: 1920-1950 by Edmund Wilson

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: THE LITERARY CHRONICLE: 1920-1950
  • AUTHOR: EDMUND WILSON
  • YEAR PUBLISHED: 1956
  • DOUBLEDAY ANCHOR BOOKS
  • COVER AND TYPOGRAPHY: EDWARD GOREY
  • SHOUT-OUT TO “CHARLES D. KLAPP,” WHO OWNED THIS COPY IN 1957. THANKS FOR WRITING YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK!

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

I like Edmund Wilson, sue me. I don’t always agree with his pronouncements (far from it), but I appreciate his style. The elegant cover (by my beloved Edward Gorey!) makes this book a beautiful visual addition to my collection.

Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Three Day Quote Challenge-Day Two

“What appeals to me most is an idea expressed by Eluard. He has a line about there being another world, but it’s in this one. And Raymond Queneau said the world is not what it seems–but it isn’t anything else, either. These two ideas are the bedrock of my approach. If a book is only what it seems to be about, then somehow the author has failed.”-Edward Gorey (in The Lion and the Unicorn, Number I, 1978)

 I share this philosophy.

This quote was brought to you by the Three Day Quote Challenge.

I was  nominated by Sita Rasa. Thanks so much!

Here are the actual “rules” for the quote challenge:

– Post one quote for three days (they may be your words or from another source)

– Nominate three bloggers each day to participate

– Thank the blogger who nominated you

I’m following numbers one and three. As for two…well, if you’d like to participate (and you should, because it is fun) feel free to nominate yourself.

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] First Stop: Edward Gorey House Store

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is in full-swing, which means that it is time to go shopping-the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I am going to take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites! Let’s get started.

EDWARD GOREY HOUSE STORE

There is no better way to show your love for one of America’s most unusual creative talents than by purchasing merchandise directly from the Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The creator of the iconic The Gashlycrumb Tinies lived in the house for twenty-one years; it is now a museum.

The selection of Gorey goodies offered is impressive. Be sure to spend time perusing all of the categories, or you’ll risk missing the perfectly whimsical gift for that someone special. 

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:

Gashlycrumb Tinies Lunchbox

Gashlycrumb Tinies Lunchbox. $16.99. Image from The Gorey House Store.

Dracula Toy Theatre

Dracula Toy Theater. $27.95. Image from The Gorey House Store.

The Doubtful Guest (with scarf) Mug

The Doubtful Guest (with scarf) Mug. $13.50. Image from The Gorey House Store.

DETAILS:

  • EDWARD GOREY HOUSE STORE: GO HERE
  • THE EDWARD GOREY HOUSE: OFFICIAL WEBSITE
  • PREDICTED SHOPPING TIME: 15-30 MINUTES
  • BEST AWESOMELY UNEXPECTED ITEM: SOAP
  • PRICE POINT: EXTREMELY REASONABLE
  • BOOKWORM HAPPINESS SCORE (OUT OF A POSSIBLE 10): 10

Shopping for the Bookworm: Edward Gorey Edition

“My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.”-Edward Gorey

The Gashlycrumb Tinies Metal Lunch Box at The Vint Edge

The Gashlycrumb Tinies Metal Lunch Box at The Vint Edge. $34.99

Edward Gorey Necklace by Dark White Arts

Edward Gorey Necklace by Dark White Arts. $14.00

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A Year in Books/Day 29: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

  • Title: The Gashlycrumb Tinies or, After the Outing
  • Author: Edward Gorey
  • Year Published: 1963/This Edition: 1991 (Harcourt Brace & Company)
  • Year Purchased: 1999/2000
  • Source: Gift from a friend
  • About: The delightfully macabre master’s most famous, and oddly eloquent, Edwardian-esque alphabet.
  • Motivation: I’m a squealing, hand-clapping Gorey fangirl.
  • Times Read: Countless
  • Random Excerpt: “H is for Hector done in by a thug.”
  • Happiness Scale: Off the charts