Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, The Plantin Press for the Limited Editions Club (1962)

There seems to be an occasional bias, in some cases perhaps well-founded, that a work of literature is suspect if it happens to actually be entertaining. To some, unless a book is as perplexing as Ulysses or The Sound and the Fury, literary merit is disparaged. What else can explain that Jules Verne (1828–1905), at least in the English speaking world, has often been considered second tier, not quite a … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, The Plantin Press for the Limited Editions Club (1962)

‘The Martian Chronicles’, by Ray Bradbury, Limited Editions Club (1974)

The recent passing of the great American writer Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) has rightly re-ignited discussion on Bradbury’s place in the pantheon of American literature.  Best known for Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury is usually described as a science-fiction/fantasy/mystery writer. I do not use those descriptions as I think Bradbury’s influence stems far beyond those realms. Like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, two … Continue reading ‘The Martian Chronicles’, by Ray Bradbury, Limited Editions Club (1974)