A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club (1939)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of William Shakespeare‘s most famous and beloved plays. It was written sometime around 1596. The play has a number of interweaving plots that all that take place around the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. There is much comedy, with love as its centerpiece, set within a dreamlike world full of fairies. Benedetto Croce says of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ariosto, Shakespeare and Corneille: Here is … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

The Chimes, by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club, 1931

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, first published in 1844, is a short novel by Charles Dickens, written one year after his hugely successful A Christmas Carol. It was the second of what was to be five Christmas books written by Dickens. The story is told in a typical Dickensian manner. The protagonist … Continue reading The Chimes, by Charles Dickens, Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Limited Editions Club, 1931