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A quick recommendation

Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), The White Road (2015), and Letters to Camondo (2021). A gift from a good friend, The Hare with Amber Eyes arrived as I was working slowly through Marcel Proust’s In Search … Continue reading

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Temporary obsession: AR

My latest obsession started two months ago with Christina Hardyment’s Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk, an excellent study of the sources, both geographic and human, for his famous books, with a satisfying number of illustrations as well. Fans probably … Continue reading

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What is it about brilliant color?

One of my favorite books is East of the Sun and West of the Moon (Doubleday, 1976), in an edition illustrated by Kay Nielsen (1886-1957). Even the cover has been embossed with his work, where you can see the obvious Norse/Viking themes in … Continue reading

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If I could draw …

    Of the many things I owe my grandfather, one is my appreciation for N.C.Wyeth. A collection of the Wyeth-illustrated classics sat on a short, four-sided bookcase in his living room (alongside several books by Hendrik Willem Van Loon), … Continue reading

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