Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher



These beauties, published in 1890, measure seven by ten inches.



















4 comments:

Jan said...

How wonderful to be able to hold in your hands such beautiful, vintage, volumes of literary genius. Both are beautiful additions to your personal home library, William.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Jan. I’m really delighted with them. They were once part of the Library of the Meadville Theological School. And now they’re here with me. Such is the journey of books.

Conrad DiDiodato said...

William,

Beaumont and Fletcher are literary gems (largely ignored in our age of iPad readership, alas).I still revisit them (and I would wish more would) to learn conciseness, balance and beauty of expression.

No less a personage than T.S. Eliots recommends these two.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Conrad. I think the one word that might best distinguish this age is distracted. For me, at least, having books like these around is an inspiring, steadying force. Their very weight in the lap slows the breathing and demands I look deeper. I begrudge no one his or her reading device. But mine of choice will always be the book.