Saturday, February 6, 2010

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason



Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. The English version made from the French by Mercier Lewis, with a new Introduction by Fletcher Pratt, and with hand-colored illustrations by Edward A.Wilson. The Heritage Press, New York (1956). 325 pages, $3.00

Franklin, Woolman, Penn. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Journal of John Woolman; Fruits of Solitude, William Penn. P.F. Collier & Son Corporation, New York (1937). 395 pages, $2.00.

The Oxford Book of Essays. Chosen and edited by John Gross. Oxford University Press (1991). 680 pages, $3.00.

The Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Chosen by John Gross. Oxford University Press (1983). 383 pages, $2.00.

          “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
          Novalis,
Detached Thoughts, late eighteenth century

Ulysses, by James Joyce. With a foreword by Morris L. Ernst and the decision of the United States District Court rendered by Judge John M. Woolsey. Includes a letter from Mr. Joyce to the publisher, reprinted in the 1934 edition by permission of the author. New edition, corrected and reset, 1961. The Modern Library, New York. 783 pages, $2.00. Takes its place alongside my 939-page Bodley Head edition (1992).

11 comments:

Conrad DiDiodato said...

reason—hammer & feather
fall together on the moon

Joseph Hutchison said...

Man, I have got to get to your Goodwill store some day. Great stuff! And the Novalis quote sent a pleasant shiver through me: Recognition! Thanks, William...

William Michaelian said...

Joe, my pleasure. And this batch of books, like the last, I found not at Goodwill, but at the little Friends bookstore at our public library.

Conrad, thanks:

poetry — the certain warmth
of an imagined sun

awyn said...

What a wonderful collection of readings, William. We have a few thrift stores here but the selections are 99.5% in French. I am slowly building a second library. I have found some true treasures and am always astounded at what comes in, in unopened boxes, every Monday there. Last week it was Jules Verne (8 volumes) and Simenon, Proust and Cheney. Prices range from 10 to 25 cents per book (Cdn). I often find the French original of a translated version I already have and this helps me ameliorize my francais un peu. Hey, I have a l'il incensense burner just like that (at right)! It's always full of ashes though. Yours is very neat. :) Also the books are very even, like they put on their best suits and posed for that photograph! I wonder if there's a course in book stacking, when you've exhausted your supply of bookspaces. If you know of one, let me know. (P.S. I'll trade you that Conrad from last week for a Mailer, Irving, Cather or Nabokov, en francais, ha ha.)

William Michaelian said...

Hmm. Well, I’d almost go for it if you threw in an old French dictionary....

One thing that always amuses me at certain used bookstores is when they ask if I have trade credit — as if I would ever let go of a book once I’d taken it home....

I do lack a pile of Proust....

And you noticed the incense burner! Oddly enough, I have no idea where my mother got it. We have another like it that’s a little smaller — on top of a bookcase, of course!

Paul L. Martin said...

William, you are cleaning up at these used book places you frequent. They look like they are in pristine condition. Maybe people just do not see the diamonds in front of their eyes. I don't care what "device" comes down the pike--ipad, Kindle, Reader, Nook--nothing compares to a good, solid, cloth-bound book, a soft chair, and a rainy day. Heaven!

William Michaelian said...

Absolutely. And you’re right, the books are in really fine shape. The Verne volume is in perfect condition; if it’s been read, it doesn’t show. Treasures, all.

ALeks said...

Wow,that is a quite a lovely read you have chosen this time.I went today to the used bookstore myself(i had forbidden myself to go hunting for books before i make at least one more decent book shelve,cause I keep some of my library these days in cardboard boxes and its not fun to dig all the time between them to get the one on the bottom).But today I just went for a walk and my feet brought me to the store by them self!Of course i came back to my room with a few of the jewels(Oeps I did it again !!!)
Roget's Thesaurus and a Concise Dictionary of correct English by B.A.Phythian,(yeeee), The Penguin book of English short stories and the Tolkien Reader,plus Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan,Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar, Ohne Mich by Miroslav Krleza,even Updike's Couples.
Oh and of course some children's books,Flower Fairies of the Autumn,George Mouse's Caravan and Matilda Mouse's Garden!! :O)
Im happy and tired.Have a good read,so will I,bye!

William Michaelian said...

Aleksandra, your new/used books sound great. The next time I go to a thrift store, I will try to find you a bookshelf!

Chrees said...

I was not familiar with the works bundled with Franklin's Autobiography (one of my favorite books). After some light surfing, I want to investigate more!

William Michaelian said...

Excellent! We are open seven days a week, from six a.m. until midnight. If the lights are off, just let yourself in.