The Splendour of a Morning, by C.P. Cavafy, Barbarian Press (2016)

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is generally considered to be the greatest Greek poet of modern times and one of the most influential poets of the previous century. Cavafy was born in 1863 in Alexandria, Egypt, and spent most of his life there, though he did live in England for much of his adolescence, “developing a command of the English language and a preference for the writings of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.” … Continue reading The Splendour of a Morning, by C.P. Cavafy, Barbarian Press (2016)

It’s the 2016 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 as 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, while I sheepishly admit lifting the introduction from the holiday article of last year. … Continue reading It’s the 2016 Holidays — Support the Private and Fine Press Eco-System!

Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats, Barbarian Press (2015)

The latest release from Barbarian Press is a handsome book of poetry titled Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats. The work contains all five of the ‘Great Odes‘ from Keats (Ode to Psyche, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode on Melancholy, To Autumn), as well as three others: Ode on Indolence (which is similar to the Great Odes in form and was written in … Continue reading Fancy: 8 Odes of John Keats, Barbarian 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!

The Ingoldsby Legends: A Gallimaufry, by Richard Barham, Barbarian Press (2015)

Knowing that a Barbarian Press book is slated to show up in the mailbox in the coming days is tortuous. Like a small child when the gates of Disneyland open, I sprint to the mailbox to be the first in line. The postman leaves, I open my box, short of breath, and….nothing!  Damn, I have to wait another 24 hours! Finally, the day arrives. As I begin tearing open the box, … Continue reading The Ingoldsby Legends: A Gallimaufry, by Richard Barham, Barbarian Press (2015)

The Eve of Saint Agnes, by John Keats, Barbarian Press (2003)

For a man that lived for just a bit more than 25 years, John Keats (1795-1821) has become one of the most influential and popular English poets of all-time.  Together with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, Keats brought the English Romantic movement to its peak. He remains one of the most read of all English poets, despite having only written poetry for six years, none of which resulting in sales … Continue reading The Eve of Saint Agnes, by John Keats, Barbarian Press (2003)