Sunday, December 23, 2007

Or maybe your POE today?

Edgar Allan Poe, THE RAVEN, second stanza...
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.
Image of Cave Bird by Leonard Baskin 29.25" x 20"Etching.

Have you had your YEATS today?


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Alex Haley's own story of Kunte Kinte - signed, 1st edition of ROOTS

Here is an example of a somewhat rare title in recent literary history: Alex Haley's ROOTS. Signed and inscribed first edition by Alex Haley to the Westchester Library on Jan. 16,1981. Unfortunately it was in general circulation prior to being withdrawn, so it has the usual ex-library markings, including a semi-worn dust jacket, but none-the-less is a signed first edition by the late Mr. Haley.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch working library

Here is a view of George Lucas' personal library at Skywalker Ranch. The room features isles of bookcases, thousands of books, and tables and chairs to make research sessions more comfortable for the library's patrons. One notices a different quality to the light in this room and a glance skyward explains the reason. A forty foot stained glass dome is set in the ceiling casting down its component colors of gold, red, and orange. A second level accessible via a spiral staircase is home to more books and original paintings. Must be rough being that guy...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

1936 COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE - illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Available is the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, edited by William Aldis Wright with 41 illustrations by Rockwell Kent.

Book Description:
Garden City, New York: Garden City Plubishing for Doubleday Doran & Co. 1936 edition, in one large volume. Hardcover w/ dark blue boards and gold title on spine. 1527 pages. Includes the Cambridge Edition text, including the Temple Notes, with a preface by Christopher Morley. Also includes a Glossary of terms, index of characters, and index of first lines for both poems and sonnets. Excellent source for study. Poignent research material for students and academics. Delves into this subject with fresh ideas and thoughts, a good read.

Illustrated by Rockwell Kent with 41 full page illustrations, throughout text, including many of Will's famous plays, poems and sonnets.

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