Droll Stories, by Honoré de Balzac, The Southworth Press for the Limited Editions Club (1932)

Droll Stories (Contes drolatiques) is a collection of short stories by Honoré de Balzac published between 1832 and 1837. Dedicated to the entertainment “of Pantagruelists everywhere and of none else“, the stories are certainly Rabelaisian in nature (also, Boccaccio would be proud). Lively, humorous and unbound from social convention (The Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter refers to its “naughty, naughtiness“), the stories are a delight to read, while being distinct stylistically from Balzac’s voluminous other … Continue reading Droll Stories, by Honoré de Balzac, The Southworth Press for the Limited Editions Club (1932)

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: This is next in a series taking a look at the famous and important Bruce Rogers designed 37 volume The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, published by the Limited Editions Club (LEC) in 1939 and 1940.} One of Shakespeare’s earliest works, the comedy The Taming of the Shrew has as its storyline that which is often thought misogynistic, at least at first glance; … Continue reading The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)