Rick Geerling got things started:
So every writer – hell, almost every person – has that bookshelf. That one. The one where all the favorites and good picks and really cool looking books go. Mine is right on top of my desk. I got out of bed this morning, looked over at it, and thought…well, what better way to get some insight into a person? We’re always doing favorite movie lists and favorite CD lists, but no one ever just talks about what they’ve got lining The Bookshelf. I’m going to jump out into the pool a bit and do mine and we’ll see where it goes from there. Remember – no cheating and grabbing the cool books that aren’t on your shelf, no saying you have books on there that you don’t…it’s okay if you haven’t rearranged it in a while and have some crap on it. I do. That’s just how it goes.
I know exactly what Rick is talking about here–in fact, for the past week, my mind has been almost wholly given over to the problem of how to transfer “the shelf” to Michigan… The way I see it, there will be room in the car for three boxes of books, and here’s the packing list:
The Complete Novels and Selected Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Modern Library)
Mosses From An Old Manse — Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library again)
The Complete Novels of Dashiell Hammett (Library of America)
Winesburg, Ohio — Sherwood Anderson
Selected Writings of Stephen Vincent Benet
Complete Stories of Ernest Hemingway (Finca Vigia edition) — more on my mind than ever, especially “Hills Like White Elephants” and “Snows of Kilimanjaro”, which features the original Gwen Stacy Clone moment, “outside the regence”!
A Moveable Feast, The Sun Also Rises, and The Garden of Eden — Ernest Hemingway
Wuthering Heights — Emily Bronte
Pierre; or, the Ambiguities — Herman Melville
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade — Herman Melville
Of Time and the River — Thomas Wolfe
The Web and the Rock, You Can’t Go Home Again, and The Hills Beyond — also by Thomas Wolfe
Cane — Jean Toomer
Up in the Old Hotel — Joseph Mitchell
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickenson
My Ears Are Bent — Joseph Mitchell
The Midnight Raymond Chandler — contains a number of the best stories, plus the two most important novels (The Little Sister and The Long Goodbye
My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew and The Benchley Roundup — Robert Benchley
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men — James Agee
Native Son — Richard Wright
The Selected Writings of Jonathan Edwards — edited Harold P. Simonson
The Omnibus of Crime (1929), one of my proudest possessions–featuring “The Gioconda Smile”, Aldous Huxley’s finest hour!
both volumes of The New England Mind, Errand into the Wilderness and Nature’s Nation — Perry Miller
The American Transcendentalists: An Anthology (1950) — edited by Perry Miller
American Vision — Ray Carney, the only great book ever written about Frank Capra
Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage — Stanley Cavell (where neo-Kantian philosophy and romantic comedy meet!)
The Runaway Bride — Elizabeth Kendall
The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara
American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman — F.O. Matthiessen
The Works of John Keats
The Viking Portable Joseph Conrad
Woman in the Nineteenth Century — Margaret Fuller
Means and Ends in American Abolitionism: Garrison and his Critics on Strategy and Tactics, 1834-1850 — Aileen Kraditor
The Antinomian Controversy, 1636-1638: A Documentary History — edited by David D. Hall
Novels of Dawn Powell, Volume One and Two (Library of America)
The Pickwick Papers, Christmas Books, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, Great Expectations, American Notebooks For General Circulation — Charles Dickens (I’d like to bring it all, but let’s not get crazy!)
Cakes and Ale — W. Somerset Maugham
Seventeenth-Century American Poetry — edited by Harrison T. Meserole
The Annotated Milton
The Wings of the Dove, What Maisie Knew, The Sacred Fount, The Bostonians, Autobiography — again, I’d like to take all of Henry James’ books with me, but no dice
A Sub-Treasury of American Humor (1941) — edited by E.B. and Katharine S. White
The American Mystery: American Literature From Emerson to Delillo — Tony Tanner
Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln — Daniel Walker Howe
The Long Argument: English Puritanism and the Shaping of New England Culture, 1570-1700 — Stephen Foster
The Puritan Origins of the American Self — Sacvan Bercovitch
The Flowering of New England — Van Wyck Brooks
The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon — Washington Irving
Pragmatism and Other Essays — William James
The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories — edited by Edward Wagenknecht
The Mammoth Book of Victorian & Edwardian Mystery Stories — mainly for Richard Harding Davis’ magnificent “In The Fog”
The Poetry of Robert Frost
Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Major Works — S. Taylor Coleridge
Poetical Works — Percy Bysshe Shelley
Gothic Tales — Elizabeth Gaskell
The Age of Federalism — Stanley Elkins and Eric McKittrick
Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement and its Contexts — edited by Charles Capper
Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life — Charles Capper
Hawthorne’s Fuller Mystery — Thomas R. Mitchell
The Trials of Anthony Burns — Albert J. Von Frank
Complete Stories — Dorothy Parker
My Bondage and My Freedom — Frederick Douglass
Animal Man #1-26 — Grant Morrison, Chas Truog, etc.
The Essential Spider-Man, vols 1-6 + Amazing Spider-Man #138-151 — Ditko, Lee, Romita, Conway, Kane, Andru, etc.
The Essential Dr. Strange — Ditko and Lee
Dr. Strange: A Separate Reality — Englehart and Brunner
X-Men Masterworks, nos. 22-31 — Thomas & Roth
The Filth — Morrison and Weston
Captain America #307-383 — Gruenwald, Neary, Dwyer, etc.
The Flash #275-350 — Bates, Heck, Infantino, etc.
Suqadron Supreme — Gruenwald, Ryan, etc.
Essential Avengers, vols 1-3 — Lee, Kirby, Heck, Thomas, Buscema
Doom Patrol #19-63 (with a few gaps!) — Morrison & Case
Cerebus, vol one — Dave Sim
The King James Bible — various
I hope all of it fits!
Good Day Friends!