Friday, December 27, 2013

I read, therefore I am

Picking up where we left off last year, here is a list of the eighty-two books I read in 2013. Like the days themselves, what a comfort, joy, and challenge they have been.


Thy sayings sweet,
The which, as modern usage lasts,
Shall make their very ink-marks dear to us.


The Complete Works of Shakespeare
Volumes VIII, IX, X
(Ten Volumes)
by William Shakespeare

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
by Thomas de Quincey

The History of Gil Blas of Santillana
(Three Volumes)
by Alain René le Sage

The Irresponsibles
by Archibald MacLeish

More Poems
by A.E. Housman

Six Moral Tales from Jules Laforgue
by Jules Laforgue

The Decameron
by Giovanni Boccaccio

Peter Ibbetson
by George du Maurier

Riders to the Sea
by J.M. Synge

The Garden of Epicurus
by Anatole France

Paolo & Francesca
by Stephen Phillips

Ellen Terry & Bernard Shaw: A Correspondence
by Ellen Terry and George Bernard Shaw

As They Seemed to Me
by Ugo Ojetti

An Anthology of American Poetry: Lyric America, 1630-1930
Including Supplement, 1930-1935
Edited by Alfred Kreymborg

A Japanese Nightingale
by Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton)

Poems You Ought to Know
Edited by Elia W. Peattie

Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-1763
by James Boswell

The History of Mr. John Decastro
and His Brother Bat, Commonly Called Old Crab,
the merry matter written by John Mathers,
the grave by a Solid Gentleman
(Two Volumes)
by Anonymous

The Memoirs and Anecdotes of the Count de Ségur
by Count Louis-Philippe de Ségur

Astrophel & Stella
by Sir Philip Sidney

Exemplary Novels of Cervantes
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas

A Sentimental Journey Through France & Italy
With Selections from the Journals, Sermons & Correspondence
of Laurence Sterne
by Laurence Sterne

The Poet at the Breakfast-Table
by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ballad of Beau Brocade and Other Poems of the XVIIIth Century
by Austin Dobson

bride of sorrows: a prose poem in 14 stanzas
by Paulette Turcotte

The Works of James Russell Lowell
(Eleven Volumes)
by James Russell Lowell

The Shadow on the Dial and Other Essays
by Ambrose Bierce

Marked Men: Poems by Joseph Hutchison
by Joseph Hutchison

The Works of Aretino
by Pietro Aretino
(Two Volumes)

Venus in Furs
by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

Painted Veils
by James Huneker

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt,
Prince of Adventurers and the Most Indomitable of Lovers
by Giacomo Casanova
(Two Volumes)

Charles Dickens, The Last of the Great Men
(Charles Dickens: A Critical Study)
by G.K. Chesterton

Life and Art by Thomas Hardy:
Essays, Notes, and Letters Collected for the First Time
by Thomas Hardy

The Penn Country and The Chilterns
by Ralph M. Robinson

The Autobiography of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury
With Introduction, Notes, Appendices, and a Continuation of the Life
by Sidney L. Lee

Four Comedies
by Carlo Goldoni

The Quest of Great Celtic Mystery and other stories
by Jonathan Chant


(Twenty Volumes)


Madame Chrysanthème
by Pierre Loti

The Red Lily
by Anatole France

Fromont and Risler
by Alphonse Daudet

by Paul Bourget

A Romance of Youth
by François Coppée

An “Attic” Philosopher
by Émile Souvestre

A Woodland Queen
by André Theuriet

Monsieur de Camors
by Octave Feuillet

by Madame Blanc (Marie Thérèse Bentzon)

by Charles de Bernard

by Alfred de Vigny
(Two Volumes)

The Confession of a Child of the Century
by Alfred de Musset

Monsieur, Madame, and Bébé
by Gustave Droz

The Ink-Stain
by René Bazin

The Abbé Constantin
by Ludovic Halévy

Serge Panine
by Georges Ohnet

by Hector Malot

Prince Zilah
by Jules Clarétie

by Phillipe de Massa


She Stoops to Conquer; or, The Mistakes of a Night
by Oliver Goldsmith

Cyrano de Bergerac
by Edmond Rostand

The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Eugénie Grandet
by Honoré de Balzac

Marius the Epicurean: His Sensations and Ideas
by Walter Pater
(two volumes)

Dante. Purg. XXVI. 112-114


Dwight said...

That's some tasty stuff (and I'm both envious of and happy for you). I'm looking forward to more dear ink-marks in 2014.

William Michaelian said...

We’ll keep those pages turning. Thanks, Dwight, and here’s to a good year ahead.

JforJames said...

Wow...impressive feat. And a good reminder at this time of year when we see all those "Best Books of 2013" lists, that the best books of any year, as always, go back centuries.

William Michaelian said...

And a feast it is. Each takes its place, and is necessary, in some way, for those to come. Thanks, Jim.