King Henry VI, Parts I, II & III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

William Shakespeare‘s King Henry VI is a trilogy of plays covering 50  tumultuous years of the mid-fifteenth century, during which the power struggle between the houses of Lancaster and York blossomed into The Wars of the Roses, so called because of the heraldic symbols of the houses, the red and the white rose, respectively.   Part I starts with the death of King Henry V, and covers the wars in France … Continue reading King Henry VI, Parts I, II & III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

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)

Aeneid, by Virgil, Folio Society Limited Edition

The Aeneid is one of the most important single works in all of Western literature. It tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans.  It was written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, immediately after the tumultuous civil wars that had engulfed Rome. Augustus Caesar was now on the throne, and a long period of stability was to begin. Virgil’s epic … Continue reading Aeneid, by Virgil, Folio Society Limited Edition