The Splendour of a Morning, by C.P. Cavafy, Barbarian Press (2016)

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. Cavafy was born in 1863 in Alexandria, Egypt, and spent most of his life there, though he did live in England for much of his adolescence, “developing a command of the English language and a preference for the writings of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.” … Continue reading The Splendour of a Morning, by C.P. Cavafy, Barbarian Press (2016)

The Ingoldsby Legends: A Gallimaufry, by Richard Barham, Barbarian Press (2015)

Knowing that a Barbarian Press book is slated to show up in the mailbox in the coming days is tortuous. Like a small child when the gates of Disneyland open, I sprint to the mailbox to be the first in line. The postman leaves, I open my box, short of breath, and….nothing!  Damn, I have to wait another 24 hours! Finally, the day arrives. As I begin tearing open the box, … Continue reading The Ingoldsby Legends: A Gallimaufry, by Richard Barham, Barbarian Press (2015)

The Lost Island: Atlantis, by Edward Taylor Fletcher, Horse Whisper Press (2011)

I was excited to become aware of Horse Whisper Press, the imprint of Apollonia Elsted, the daughter of Jan & Crispin Elsted of Barbarian Press. Apparently Ms. Elsted has now published three books under this imprint, and the latest The Lost Island: Atlantis shows me that she has inherited the fine press craftsmanship of her parents. The quality of the typography is high (being pleasant and easy … Continue reading The Lost Island: Atlantis, by Edward Taylor Fletcher, Horse Whisper Press (2011)