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
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.
“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.
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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.