The Portable Charles Lamb: Letters and Essays...Charles Lamb, ed. John Mason Brown...Viking Portable Library
Oliver Twist...Charles Dickens...Penguin
The Old Curiosity Shop...Charles Dickens...Penguin
The Pickwick Papers...Charles Dickens...Oxford World's Classics
A Collection of Essays...George Orwell...Doubleday Anchor Book
Rural Rides...William Cobbett...Penguin
I, Claudius...Robert Graves...Vintage
Claudius the God...Robert Graves...Vintage
Camelot and The Idylls of the King...Alan Jay Lerner, Alfred Lord Tennyson...Dell
The Basic Kafka...Franz Kafka...Pocket Books
The Waste Land and Other Poems...T. S. Eliot...Harvest Books
Four Quartets...T. S. Eliot...Harvest Books
Seven Pillars of Wisdom...T. E. Lawrence...Dell
"There was a time when reformers thought that if education were available to the masses, the masses would love it, and every humble cottage would be bursting at the seams with cheap reprints of the world's classics. In this supposition, as in many another, the reformers were somewhat optimistic. A real dictatorship of the proletariat--if such a thing existed--would quickly result in a bookless world." --Robertson Davies.
That is what these volumes--many dating from the '60's and '70's-- remind me of. A brief period when texts were escaping from hard-to-find and expensive editions and were more available in "cheap reprints," so that beatniks, poseur intelligentsia, and even humble seekers after wisdom could find them more readily at hand. Some of these editions are so sturdily made (particularly the Penguins) that they are still fine reading editions: I just whiled away time in my doctor's waiting room browsing through The Portable Charles Lamb (which is a Viking). I fear we are getting ever closer to Davies' "bookless world" and though I appreciate the availability of much on the internet, I don't particularly trust the slippery shiftiness of the media.
Book Count: 748.