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!