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)

The Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos, Limited Editions Club (1986)

Winner of the 1936 Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française, The Diary of a Country Priest, by George Bernanos, is a thought-provoking look at modern man and his struggle with deeper meaning and truth within his contemporary existence. Coming on the heels of World War I, Bernanos felt man seemed to have lost his way, including a loss of love of the concept of man itself, which … Continue reading The Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos, Limited Editions Club (1986)

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)

Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

The Irish novelist/poet James Joyce (1882-1941) is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Joyce is nearly synonymous with avant-garde modernism and his use of stream of consciousness technique can lay some claim to revolutionizing the novel. Many consider his novel Ulysses (1922) the masterwork of the modernist movement (Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of … Continue reading Dubliners, by James Joyce, Limited Editions Club (1986)

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