Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} Richard III, the second longest play of Shakespeare’s, is classified as a history in the First Folio (though sometimes grouped in his tragedies), and concludes Shakespeare’s first tetralogy (along with Henry VI parts 1–3). It is believed to have … Continue reading Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos, Limited Editions Club (1986)

Winner of the 1936 Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française, The Diary of a Country Priest, by George Bernanos, is a thought-provoking look at modern man and his struggle with deeper meaning and truth within his contemporary existence. Coming on the heels of World War I, Bernanos felt man seemed to have lost his way, including a loss of love of the concept of man itself, which … Continue reading The Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos, Limited Editions Club (1986)

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 House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Limited Editions Club, 1982

I must have been a political prisoner in some previous life as, for whatever reason, I am always drawn to books about prisons, gulags and miscellaneous other freedom restricting thuggery performed by men against other men whose crimes are nothing more than being alive. Perhaps it is the will to live, the strength of mind to never accept the tyranny of a dictator no matter … Continue reading The House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Limited Editions Club, 1982