Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, Limited Editions Club (1990)

Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) was the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, winning it in 1968 for his prose work, specifically The Old Capital, Thousand Cranes and Snow Country (the Limited Editions Club edition of which reviewed here). His works are certainly classics of Japanese literature, though due to their broad appeal have become classics of World Literature.  Kawabata began writing Snow Country, often considered his masterpiece, in 1934. It was published … Continue reading Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, Limited Editions Club (1990)

The Black Swan, by Thomas Mann, Limited Editions Club (1990)

I recently have enjoyed a couple works by Thomas Mann, neither of which I had read before.  The Magic Mountain was especially good, though I liked The Transposed Heads even better. Therefore, I was excited to begin The Black Swan, a novella first published in 1954. I have to say I ended up somewhat disappointed. The Black Swan combines an odd mix of impending mortality with sexual renewal in the form of … Continue reading The Black Swan, by Thomas Mann, Limited Editions Club (1990)

Our Grandmothers, by Maya Angelou, Limited Editions Club (1994)

I have remarked in the past on how the Limited Editions Club (LEC) under Sidney Shiff did an excellent job at expanding the focus of the LEC to include many more modern works, including those by African-American writers and artists, that had been overlooked by the LEC in the past. The work highlighted in this article is a perfect example. Mr. Shiff combined the great and iconic African-American writer/poet Maya … Continue reading Our Grandmothers, by Maya Angelou, Limited Editions Club (1994)

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

A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1

As long time readers of Books and Vines know, I had a chance to spend an afternoon with Jeannie Shiff at the Limited Editions Club office in October 2011. While I have since posted reviews of many of the LEC’s of the Shiff era, I must admit that there are a large number that I have been very deficient in getting around to posting. I … Continue reading A Look at a Mix of Later Publications from the Limited Editions Club, Part 1