Friday, December 28, 2012

Pushkin’s Button

Here is a list of the books I read this year, presented in the order of their completion dates. Some are monumental multi-volume projects. I began Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journeys in the latter part of 2011. Similarly, I will likely finish with Shakespeare in January. I doubt very much, though, that he will be finished with me.

I should also note that this list would be much longer if it included books I read but didn’t finish. I browse several every day, sampling passages and pages at random, taking in chapters here and there. Just yesterday, for instance, I read the first two chapters of Pushkin’s Button, a book about the last four months of the poet’s life, leading up to the time he was killed in a duel.

And so it goes: the more I read, the more I want to read; the more crowded my library, the more books I need.

This dimly lit room full of old books
is my “parlor and workspace.”

(Photo: December 28, 2012)


Rambles with Anatole France
by Itóka Margaret Juliet Marchisiu de Bölöni

The Gods Are A-Thirst
by Anatole France

The Vicar of Wakefield
by Oliver Goldsmith

by George Moore

Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
James Boswell

Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great
(fourteen volumes)
by Elbert Hubbard

Letters of James Whitcomb Reilly
by James Whitcomb Reilly

A Magnificent Farce and Other Diversions of a Book Collector
by Edward A. Newton

The Life of Samuel Johnson
(three volumes)
by James Boswell

Comfort Found in Good Old Books
by George Hamlin Fitch

A Family
by Carl Larsson and Lennart Rudström

Abraham Lincoln
(six volumes)
by Carl Sandburg

Thread of the Real
by Joseph Hutchison

Journey to Virginland: Epistle 1
by Armen Melikian

Balzac in Slippers
by Léon Gazlan

Juliette Drouet’s Love Letters to Victor Hugo
by Juliette Drouet

The Satyricon
by Petronius

François Villon: A Documented Survey
by D.B. Wyndham Lewis

(Armenian translation)
by James Joyce

Rasselas: Prince of Abyssinia
by Samuel Johnson

Anatole France Himself: A Boswellian Record
by Jacques Brousson

The Works of Rabelais
by François Rabelais

The Works of Molière
(six volumes)
by Molière

The Earth-Boat
by Joseph Hutchison

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
(ten volumes)
by William Shakespeare


Jonathan Chant said...

Thank you so much for sharing this William. Inspiring...

Joseph Hutchison said...

You have no idea how it feels to find my little Earth-Boat bobbing between the two great waves of Molière and Shakespeare! And Thread like a stray whisker dropped from Sandburg's Lincoln. I'm heartened and daunted at once, William! Thanks for including me....

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Jonathan. I might also have mentioned that most of these books came my way by chance: I did not seek them out, they found me. And to do them justice someday, I hope to repay my debt in wiser living and better writing.

Joe, I thank you for doing the work and all that that entails. You’ve given me both knowledge and joy — and that means a richer life.

Jan said...

I love your thoughts here, William and I am so in love with your beautiful library. You are such an inspiration and a true bibliophile if ever there was one~~~

William Michaelian said...

Thanks very much, Jan. To me this room is alive. In atmosphere and appearance, it changes with each book I bring in. May I change with it, and in a good way.