The Circus of Dr. Lao, by Charles Finney, Janus Press (1984); Also, The Limited Editions Club edition (1982)

One would think, having lived in Arizona for 43 years, that I would be more familiar with Charles G. Finney‘s modern classic The Circus of Dr. Lao which takes place in a fictional small town in Arizona named Abalone. Alas, I have never read it. I intended to do so prior to writing this article, but I remain buried in higher priority reading. None-the-less, the fine press editions … Continue reading The Circus of Dr. Lao, by Charles Finney, Janus Press (1984); Also, The Limited Editions Club edition (1982)

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, by Herman Melville, Indulgence Press (1995)

Herman Melville‘s Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, a great work in the pantheon of American short stories, was first published anonymously in Putnam’s Monthly in November/December 1853. It was published in book form in 1856 as part of The Piazza Tales, a collection of short stories by Melville. It is considered antecedent of absurdist literature, and certainly leaves one wondering ‘huh?’. Endlessly debated, it is not clear exactly … Continue reading Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, by Herman Melville, Indulgence Press (1995)

The Tragedie of King Lear, by William Shakespeare, Janus Press/Theodore Press (1986)

{Ed. Note: Several comments from Claire Van Vliet (in quotation marks) are taken from an interview and article by Candace Page, published in the Burlington Free Press on March 2, 2013.   Ms. Page’s excellent article can be read in its entirety by clicking here.} Claire Van Vliet, now eighty years old, is a master wood-engraver although she also makes prints, drawings and pulp paintings.  She … Continue reading The Tragedie of King Lear, by William Shakespeare, Janus Press/Theodore Press (1986)