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)

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)

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 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

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

Genesis, Illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, Limited Editions Club

One of the most sought after, valuable and expensive productions of the Limited Editions Club is their 1989 edition of Genesis.  The scale of the book is enormous, which does not come through completely in the pictures below.  In hand, the book is stunning, with beautiful paper, text and illustrations that blend into a coherent whole. When standing in front of it, I found myself staring … Continue reading Genesis, Illustrated by Jacob Lawrence, Limited Editions Club