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 Nibelungenlied, Translated by Margaret Armour, Illustrations by Edy Legrand, Limited Editions Club (1960)

The Nibelungenlied is an epic poem, the work of an anonymous poet from sometime around 1200 A.D. (though the story is based on oral traditions from the fifth or sixth century), in Middle High German. A very tragic work, the story tells of Siegfried at the court of the Burgundians, his murder, and of his wife Kriemhild‘s revenge. It has a very bloody conclusion, leaving little room for hope.  The Nibelungenlied unifies actual historical figures … Continue reading The Nibelungenlied, Translated by Margaret Armour, Illustrations by Edy Legrand, Limited Editions Club (1960)

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1932, 1953), Heritage Press, Easton Press DLE

One of the most popular novels ever written is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. First published in 1844 and never out of print since, the story has been retold countless times in about every popular culture form one can imagine.  Set in the 17th century, it follows the adventures of d’Artagnan as he goes to join the Musketeers of the Guard. He soon befriends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, very close … Continue reading The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1932, 1953), Heritage Press, Easton Press DLE