Blake, William. Blake. Ed. Ruthven Todd. New York: Dell, 1960.
Browning, Robert. Browning. Ed. Reed Whittemore. New York: Dell, 1960.
Herbert, George. Herbert. Ed. Dudley Fitts. New York: Dell, 1962.
Herrick, Robert. Herrick. Ed. William Jay Smith. New York: Dell, 1962.
Jonson, Ben. Ben Jonson. Ed. John Hollander. New York: Dell, 1961.
Keats, John. Keats. Ed. Howard Moss. New York: Dell, 1959.
Marvell, Andrew. Marvell. Ed. Joseph H. Summers. New York: Dell, 1961.
Whitman, Walt. Whitman. Ed. Leslie A. Fiedler. New York: Dell, 1959.
I was at the grocery store yesterday, and they were having a used book sale to benefit a local charity. A set of books that was rubber-banded together immediately caught my eye because the cover of the top volume was clearly an illustration of Walt Whitman, one of my favorite writers. The books turned out to be selections from the Laurel Poetry Series. The set only cost $1.00, so I bought it because the books are so aesthetically pleasing. It was definitely an instance of appreciating books-as-furniture. While I enjoy the work of Whitman, Blake, and Herrick, I’m not sure if I will actually read any of the books, but they deserve a good home, which I will give them. They are all in very good condition despite being from the 1960s. Several volumes have a stamp on the first page that reads “Dave Harralson English Department,” and a Google search quickly turned up a Dave Harralson who worked at Utica College (which is where I currently teach), so their provenance is established.
Waters, Sarah. The Paying Guests. New York: Riverhead, 2014.
The New Yorker had a brief review of Waters’s latest novel last week, and I bought it (on amazon.com) immediately, as she is one of my favorite writers. It is nearly 600 pages long, but I hope to find time to read it soon.