A Magnificent Collection

My ADD has struck again-

While poking around the internet researching some of the classic authors and for something I haven’t read (which is a lot), one thing led to another, and well, 3 maybe 4 hours later…I found this first photo. It caught my eye as I LOVED 3 of the 4 books in the stack.

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So, I have journal…. that is always with me.

* Read (and have seen the movie) the first book on the bottom – which I think is ‘Les Misérables’, as it looks just like my 100 year old copy. “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
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*Read (and have seen the movie) ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, “A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”

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— D. H. Lawrence.

* Read (and have seen the movie) Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”, “Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

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― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
just a side note if anyone is interested in purchasing this work of art, after all, it is only $6000. Personally, I would love it, but I’m not sure my pocket book would.
Book Description: New York The Limited Editions Club, 1993. One of 300 Copies, Signed by the Artist BRONTË, Emily. BALTHUS, [artist]. Wuthering Heights. Fifteen Lithographs and an Afterword by Balthus. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1993. First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Balthus, this being number 249. With fifteen lithographs by Balthus. Folio (16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches; 410 x 313 mm). Printed on Arches paper. Publisher’s full tan leather, lettered in brown on front board. Spine very lightly toned. Housed in full cloth felt-lined clamshell, with leather spine label. About fine. Publisher’s newsletter laid in. “But when he made the early drawings for Wuthering Heights back in 1933, he stopped at a point about halfway through the book. As Jean Leymarie has noted, ‘Only the artist’s interest continued so long as the world of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw is that if childhood and adolescence. In these drawings Balthus clearly identifies himself with Heathcliff, the willful outsider unamenable to morality and society, in his vengeful satanism and headlong transgressions-an exemplary creation and an undying presence on the absolute level of art and human destiny.’ .Unable to forget his early fascination with Wuthering Heights, Balthus agreed to have the entire suite of fifteen drawings presented here for the first time in their destined context, if in a strictly limited edition. He was 25 when he began these remarkable illustrations; today he is 85, happy to behold their fruition, and to write a personal Afterword for the book.” (from the LEC newsletter). LEC Bibliography. HBS 66039. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66039
(http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/wuthering-heights/first-edition/signed/sortby/1/page-1/)

And the last book on the top of the stack…I’m stumped. So if anyone happens to have knowledge of what the name of this novel is, then please, do share.Image

As I was perusing “The 100 greatest novels of all time”
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction,
what I have discovered, is that I have read a little less than half of the listed titles. I have also realized that I possess at least a dozen of these novels, unread.

I have chosen to read (along with a few others), As I Lay Dying — by William Faulkner.
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It is said that Faulkner wrote this novel in 6 weeks and is listed as one of the ♦1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Ackroyd (Foreword), Peter Boxall (Editor) Universe Publishers, 2006. And it just so happens, I already own it on my kindle. The whole point of my pursuit was to purchase yet another book for my trip to Chicago this weekend.

And now I must go pack.

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