The Little of our Earthly Trust, by Elizabeth Bishop, Arion Press (2016)

Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979) has emerged as one of the great American poets of the twentieth century. She was Poet Laureate of the United States in 1949/1950, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956, winner of the National Book Award in 1970, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1976. Yet, outside of literary circles she is not extremely well known.  The Poetry Foundation remarks that she “was a respected yet … Continue reading The Little of our Earthly Trust, by Elizabeth Bishop, Arion Press (2016)

Bouvard & Pécuchet, by Gustave Flaubert, Arion Press (2016)

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was a French novelist best known for his first novel Madame Bovary (1857). He was (and is) enormously influential due to the heights of  literary realism attained in the aforementioned Madame Bovery as well as in his Sentimental Education (1869). He also wrote with a streak of Romanticism, especially in The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874), and with Baroque styling as in … Continue reading Bouvard & Pécuchet, by Gustave Flaubert, Arion Press (2016)

The Silverado Squatters, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arion Press (1996)

Concerning Robert Louis Stevenson‘s The Silverado Squatters I must start with a simple exhortation for you to drop what you are doing and simply read it. This is travel writing done right! Engaging, interesting and thought-provoking, it pulls you into it’s time and place as if you were there. Secondly, this edition from Arion Press is the one to read. With atmospheric photographs from the renowned photographer Michael Kenna sprinkled … Continue reading The Silverado Squatters, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arion Press (1996)

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arion Press (1984); also the Limited Editions Club (1980)

F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s (1896-1940) The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest and most widely read of all twentieth century American novels. While it received some critical praise when first released in 1925 (for instance, T.S. Eliot told Fitzgerald it was “the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James“), sales failed to follow and within a few years the book was largely forgotten. However, after Fitzgerald’s death … Continue reading The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arion Press (1984); also the Limited Editions Club (1980)

Bibliography of the Arion Press, Arion Press (2015)

The Arion Press has a remarkable and illustrious publishing history, as a quick read through their just released ‘Bibliography of the Arion Press’ clearly highlights. It is no surprise to long time Books and Vines readers that I am a huge fan of the Press, a subscriber, and an admirer of what founder Andrew Hoyem has accomplished.  In today’s day and age a private press lasting 40+ years is … Continue reading Bibliography of the Arion Press, Arion Press (2015)

Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells, Arion Press (2008) and Limited Editions Club (1960)

H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946) is best known for his science fiction novels, The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). However, many consider his best work to be Tono-Bungay, published in 1909, a work that is not in the science fiction genre. Wells himself regarded it as his “finest and most finished novel” while also calling it his “most ambitious novel.” An ardent proponent of Socialism, Wells … Continue reading Tono-Bungay, by H.G. Wells, Arion Press (2008) and Limited Editions Club (1960)

The Lulu Plays, by Frank Wedekind, Illustrations by William Kentridge, Arion Press (2015)

The latest publication from Arion Press, just released as their 104th work, is The Lulu Plays by playwright Frank Wedekind. Wedekind (1864-1918) became a major influence on what was to become German Expressionism and on the development of epic theatre.  His plays were quite scandalous when released for their frank depictions of violence and sex. Based on my first time reading, I would claim his writings are sensationalistic, innovative, unnatural … Continue reading The Lulu Plays, by Frank Wedekind, Illustrations by William Kentridge, Arion Press (2015)