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)

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

{Ed. Note: This is likely the last posting for a couple/few weeks. Have a Merry Christmas. And remember, it is not too late to support the private press eco-system.} Is there any book more appreciated during the Christmas season than A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens? It has been read by millions with a story line known by just about everyone. It has been made into more film … Continue reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Hand & Eye Editions (2015), Incline Press (2005), Arion Press (1993), Barbarian Press (1984), Grabhorn Press (1950), Limited Editions Club (1934), The Roycroft Shop (1902)

It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

{Ed. Note: This is an annual article encouraging all Books and Vines readers to keep private and fine press publishers and re-sellers in mind this holiday season to be your source for unique, classy and meaningful gifts. The article has been updated with current information and the latest news from private and fine press publishers. Please pass this link on to everyone you know, the more that … Continue reading It’s the Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

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)

The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Arion Press (2014)

{Ed. Note: Much of the text describing the story is taken from an earlier Books and Vines review of the same story, in that instance from an edition from the Limited Editions Club.} Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard is considered one of the most important Italian novels ever written, in addition to being the top-selling novel in Italian history. It is certainly one of the greatest historical  novels in … Continue reading The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Arion Press (2014)