This is Part I of yesterday’s Half Price Books haul, the books that were NOT published by Virago:
Literary Occasions: Essays by V.S. Naipaul
Lewis Percy by Anita Brookner
The Friendly Young Ladies by Mary Renault
Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide
Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
The Portable Chekhov
The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales
The Colour Out of Space: Tales of Cosmic Horror by Lovecraft, Blackwood, Machen, Poe and Other Masters of the Weird
The stuff I left behind continues to plague me. Watching me with their big eyes, how sad they looked being left on the shelves… One especially painful parting was with the Letters of H.L. Mencken. I haven’t read much more of Mencken than his wonderful quotes, but on the strength of those I wanted his letters in the WORST way. Ah well, maybe they’ll be there next time (squeee!!).
One thing about Half Price Books that can work for a rabid bibliophile, they don’t always know what they have, or even where to put it. That can mean irritations sometimes, as in the case of what I can only call haphazard shelving. In yesterday’s foray I saw Francine du Plessix Gray shelved under "D" for du, "P" for Plessix and "G" for Gray, which could be frustrating if you were looking for her and didn’t realize their somewhat offbeat "system." It works for the bibliophile in the case of some collections of literary letters and essays which are somewhat rare. Since they don’t know what they have they price them along the lines of everything else in the store.
So, the moral of the story is: I can deal with that.