A Tribute to Cavafy, by Constantine P. Cavafy, Limited Editions Club (2003)

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is generally considered to be the greatest Greek poet of modern times and one of the most influential poets of the previous century. As stated in the Limited Editions Club (LEC) prospectus for their 2003 edition of A Tribute to Cavafy: Greek poetry did not die 2,500 years ago with Sappho, Pindar, and Theocritus. For Greek poetry was reborn in the mid-twentieth century … Continue reading A Tribute to Cavafy, by Constantine P. Cavafy, Limited Editions Club (2003)

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)

Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

Frank O’Hara (1926 – 1966) was a leading poet of what was known as the New York School, until his life was cut short in an unfortunate and freakish beach accident. His reputation has grown considerably over the years to where he is now considered one of the great American poets of the mid-twentieth century. O’Hara served in the U.S. Navy in World Was II, after which he … Continue reading Poems of Frank O’Hara, Illustrations by Willem de Kooning, Limited Editions Club (1988)

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