The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1951)

Reading Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is, to me, a nearly perfect way of being entertained.  Throw in a nice bottle of Burgundy (which is the only libation to drink with Dumas!), and the world becomes perfect bliss! His stories are captivating, full of romance, action, adventure and drama.  It is little wonder why he remains one of the most widely read of all French authors, and that his … Continue reading The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas, Limited Editions Club (1951)

Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, and Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Limited Editions Club (1965)

Prometheus Bound, attributed to the great Greek tragedian Aeschylus, is a reknowned classical tragedy stemming from the myth of Prometheus, a Titan who gave fire to mankind and was subsequently punished by the god Zeus for doing so. Those who remember the myth will recall that Zeus had Prometheus bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. While Hesiod famously presents … Continue reading Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, and Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Limited Editions Club (1965)

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)