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 Three-Cornered Hat, by Don Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, The Plantin Press for The Limited Editions Club (1959)

Don Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (1833 – 1891) was the most widely read Spanish author of his day. He wrote novels, short stories, poetry, travel books and essays. The Three-Cornerned Hat (El Sombrero de Tres Picos) is, however, the one which has most survived from both a critical and popular standpoint. The story is based on popular tradition of the time and provides a window looking at village life in Andalusia in … Continue reading The Three-Cornered Hat, by Don Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, The Plantin Press for The Limited Editions Club (1959)