Friday, November 14, 2003

More reading from this week in Novembers past

During this approximate week in 1976, the following were read, but carried over into the succeeding week: Lord Hervey's Memoirs of the Reign of George II, in three volumes. This was borrowed, but from what library can't now be recalled. These are very nasty and entertaining. This writer agrees on the character of the memoirs. Too bad the edition wasn't recorded on this reading list. In 1977, in all of November only two items, both by Maria Edgeworth, are recorded: Almeria and Vivian. In 1978: Redburn (Melville), Ancient Stories and Other Tales (Algernon Blackwood), The Habit of Loving (Doris Lessing), One L (Scott Turow--what a junky book, but I bet he cleaned up on it), and Henry James: The Untried Years 1843-1870 (Leon Edel). In 1979 there were novels by Pamela Hansford Johnson set in Bruges (the list just notes Pamela Hansford Johnson series, a trilogy, I think; and the Austin library has since unceremoniously deaccessioned them). Also read was Modern Love (George Meredith). In 1980 there were: One of Ours (Willa Cather), and two Angela Thirkells. In 1981: Old Glory: An American Voyage (Jonathan Raban; bought for REH), plus In Ethiopia with a Mule (Dervla Murphy; the Austin Library has since deaccessioned most accounts of travel; it would be interesting to see if her books are among them). In 1982, dates weren't entered into the record after the first week in August. In this record, there's a separate list of murder mysteries and suspense books read, but there aren't dates attached. As a placekeeper there's a reserve request for Venturi's Learning from Las Vegas, which the library didn't own, but offered to obtain on inter-library loan. Over three quarters of this cloth-bound book (from Charlottestown? Halifax? Toronto? definitely somewhere in Canada) is used as a commonplace book, with a great many quotations and other notes copied out. It's a surprise to find this; maybe later there'll be time to look at it a bit more closely. The back pages are "to read" and included on the list are lots of the following sorts of books: on architecture, memoirs of nineteenth-century worthies hard to find without inter-library loan, out-of-print Edwardian novels, various local and regional histories. This little record has not been looked at for at least two decades. Every entry is made with a fountain pen. How much one forgets!


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