Sunday, April 05, 2009

April 1978 books read

N. Scott Momaday: The Names
Edward Gibbon: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Elizabeth Inchbald: A Simple Story
Henry Beston: The Outermost House
George Rude: Hanoverian London 1714-1808
Agnes Smedley: Daughter of Earth
Kathleen Raine: Farewell Happy Fields
Agnes DeMille: Dance to the Piper
William Plomer: Double Lives
Clark Blaise and Bharati Mukherjee: Days and Nights in Calcutta
Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend

I loved the Gibbon, read for the first time, borrowed from the library in a set of those small Oxford World's Classics hardbacks with the India paper and the narrow ribbon bookmark. Virago must have been publishing by then. The Dickens was first read in 1963. I seem to remember that the DeMilles were followers of Henry George and summered in Port Jervis.


At 9:16 PM, April 05, 2009, Blogger LVTfan said...

Agnes De Mille was the granddaughter of Henry George, who wrote the excellent book on political economy, "Progress & Poverty." It was the #2 bestseller in the 1880s, second only to the Bible, and was translated into dozens of languages.

It holds up very well today, and provides solutions to some of the problems most people consider intractable. It also leads in the direction of economic justice and a vibrant economy.

Is there something there NOT to like?

Check out wealthandwant and lvtfan.

At 10:58 PM, April 05, 2009, Blogger Rantor said...

Nothing not to like; that was just something I thought I recalled after all this time, apart from that I really loved the Gibbon, when I expected that reading it would be a chore. I think that we'd all be better off if the single tax were in general use.


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