Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Frank O’Hara (1926 – 1966) was a leading poet of what was known as the New York School, until his life was cut short in an unfortunate and freakish beach accident. His reputation has grown considerably over the years to where he is now considered one of the great American poets of the mid-twentieth century. O’Hara served in the U.S. Navy in World Was II, after which he … Continue reading Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

The Irish novelist/poet James Joyce (1882-1941) is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Joyce is nearly synonymous with avant-garde modernism and his use of stream of consciousness technique can lay some claim to revolutionizing the novel. Many consider his novel Ulysses (1922) the masterwork of the modernist movement (Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of … Continue reading Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

{Ed. Note: This is part 4 (the final part) of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1, here for part 2 and here for part 3. There will be a few more Shiff era books reviewed … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 4

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

{Ed. Note: This is part 3 of a series looking at a mix of Limited Edition Club (LEC) publications from the Shiff-era; an era in which the book form was elevated to an art in itself, publishing editions with no expense spared. See here for part 1 and here for part 2.} Part two of this series on Shiff-era LEC’s focused on highlighting great works by African-American … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 3

Three Poems, by Octavio Paz, Lithographs by Robert Motherwell, Limited Editions Club, 1988

The 1988 Limited Editions Club (LEC) livres d’artiste Three Poems includes three poems from Octavio Paz: San Ildefonso Nocturne, Return and The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World, all written in the 1970’s. The Skin of the World, The Sound of the World was written for his friend, the artist Robert Motherwell, in 1971. Motherwell, who provides the illustrations for Three Poems, was influenced artistically … Continue reading Three Poems, by Octavio Paz, Lithographs by Robert Motherwell, Limited Editions Club, 1988

Hunting Stories, by William Faulkner, Limited Editions Club,1988

Hunting Stories are two short stories from American writer William Faulkner, The Old People and The Bear, both of which appeared in his Go Down, Moses from 1942, the collection of which is often considered a loosely structured novel in itself. The Old People centers around a young boy named Isaac McCaslin, who is being taught to hunt by Sam Fathers, the son of a Choctaw chief … Continue reading Hunting Stories, by William Faulkner, Limited Editions Club,1988

A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition

{ed note, 9/17/2011:  added a description and pictures of the Limited Editions Club edition of Metamorphosis also). I recently received and read two volumes of Franz Kafka’s works.  The first, a 2010 edition by Folio Society, is Metamorphosis and Other Stories, which contains most of Kafka’s short stories along with his famous novella Metamorphosis.  It also contains In the Penal Colony, though for that story … Continue reading A Review of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Folio Society Edition & A Penal Colony, LEC Edition