Library sale!

If you’ve read Hobgoblin’s post today, you’ll have an idea what mine is going to be about. Yes, we went to another library sale. How could we not when it’s huge and just a few miles up the road? I swear this is the last library sale I’m going to until … next year. Here’s what I found:

  • Rosamund Lehmann, A Note in Music. Litlove recommended the author to me, although not this particular title. It’s a Virago edition.
  • Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge. I loved Of Human Bondage, I’m ready to try another Maugham novel, and how could I resist after reading Becky’s post?
  • Anne Bronte, Agnes Grey. I already have one unread Anne Bronte novel (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), but I love having unread Victorian novels lying around, so I snatched it up.
  • Frances Burney, Camilla. She has two very long novels I haven’t yet read, this one and Cecilia. Someday I’ll get to both of them.
  • Elizabeth Taylor, A Game of Hide and Seek. I discovered Taylor last summer when I read two of her novels and loved them, so I’m happy to find another.
  • Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond. Surely this will make Emily happy! I found a pretty NYRB classics edition, and it was only $1.50.
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Book Shop. This is a slim volume, and how could I resist the title? I’ve never read Fitzgerald, but I keep hearing she’s good.
  • Nicholson Baker, Room Temperature. Yes, I am a Nicholson Baker fan.
  • Edith Wharton, The Buccaneers. I love the Wharton novels I’ve read, and Hepzibah writes about Wharton so well, I had to get this one.
  • William Styron, Sophie’s Choice. This kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it? A great book, so I hear.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria: Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions. To further my interest in the romantics. Copies on Amazon seem like of pricey, so I’m glad I got it.

Who knows when I’ll actually read these, but I’m happy to have them now.


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11 responses to “Library sale!

  1. hepzibah

    Hello Dorothy — I was so excited and pleased to hear that you bought that Wharton novel!! I bought the same book last year at my library sale — a wonderful hardcover edition– but it’s still on my list to read, I am trying to read all of her works…Anyway, you made me smile 🙂

    Now, you have another Wharton novel to add to your and Hobgoblin’s collection…how wonderful!


  2. Hey, I like your new look!

    How I wish I could go to library sales of English books. Somehow the German ones don’t have the same appeal. I am also a Nicholson Baker fan, and I loved Sophie’s Choice. Hope you enjoy them.


  3. So do you two keep your books on separate shelves? If they’re together, do you keep tabs on whose is whose?


  4. What a fantastic pile of new books! I am very jealous of your NYRB Towers of Trebizond. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile. I’ve been interested in the Coleridge too. Emerson loved it and read it many times. I’ve read pieces of it but not the whole thing. All your books make me giddy. You must be over the moon!


  5. What a great stack of books–they all sound good! I loved Sophie’s Choice, though it was hard going (in terms of subject matter). I saw the Hobgoblin also bought one of his other books at one of the library sales you went to–he mentioned Styron has fallen out of favor (not those exact words), which I think is sad. But I suppose that’s how it goes in the literary world. I think he is one of the best writers I have read (of course this coming from someone who is not in the least scholarly). I’d also like to read R Lehmann. You’ll have to post on the Elizabeth Tylor book–that’s one I haven’t even heard of. My library sale is next week–I think I’ll be going. I hope I find some good books like these!!


  6. Hepzibah — I’m glad I found it; I knew Wharton had written more than I’d read, but I wasn’t really familiar with the titles, so I’m glad I came across it.

    Thank you Charlotte! You’re reminding me how lucky I am to have several library sales to go to each year.

    Fendergal — some of our books are together, some are separate. In our living room we have a lot of fiction that’s been combined and we don’t keep track, although I think both of us remember pretty well what belongs to whom. Then we have separate studies that have our own books — I keep my 18C and scholarly books here, as well as poetry, some nonfiction, and the books I own but haven’t read yet.

    Stefanie — I AM very happy with my new books! 🙂 That’s interesting about Emerson and Coleridge; I didn’t know that. I think I read bits of the Coleridge in college, but I really don’t remember them.

    Danielle — chances are Styron will come into favor again, at least that’s how things often seem to go — in cycles. And I’m sure Styron is still popular among general readers, most of whom don’t follow what the academics are doing!


  7. It’s interesting to hear what academics are doing, but it’s nice to be able to just read whatever I like whenever I like and not worry about what the scholars say/think! 🙂


  8. LK

    Very nice score. Don’t you love finding a whole stack of new things to read?

    Dorothy, are you and Hob planning on prticipating in the RIP Challenge this year?


  9. You know, I haven’t signed on, LK, although I’ve thought about it. I’ve kind of overwhelmed by challenges lately. Maybe I’ll chance my mind in October …


  10. Oh yes, that makes Emily very happy! Can’t wait to see what you think of it.


  11. Becky

    I just read Towers of Trebizond too! You are making two people happy with that one, with the added bonus of Maugham for me.


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