Remember old library books?

When I was writing the post about Edna St. Vincent Millay a few days ago, I thought about the 1964 Rowse edition of the Shakespeare sonnets that I used to own. That book was destroyed in a house fire in 1974. Having recently gotten a new shelf to occupy the last remaining shelf space in the little room that I now call the library, I’m buying books a bit recklessly, with a thought to timeless reference books. Of course I have a book of Shakespeare’s complete works, but the Rowse edition of the sonnets is a book that every library should have.

This book cost $10.84 from a bookseller on Amazon — a bargain. The book originally came from a high school library. Apparently it was checked out six times before the library got rid of it. How sad is that?

Note, by the way, how the rhyme-scheme of Shakespeare’s sonnets differs from the rhyme-scheme of the Millay sonnet that I previously posted. Shakespeare’s rhyme-scheme is ABBA, CDCD, EFEF, GG — three quatrains and a couplet.

Because I’m going through a phase in which I’d rescue and collect old typewriters if I had the space for them, I’m fascinating with artifacts from the typewriter era. A few days ago I watched the movie Operation Mincemeat, which was a pretty good movie. There were many scenes with typewriters, as there were with Julia. The renewal of interest in typewriters, I’m guessing, has encouraged screenwriters to include typewriter scenes in period pieces. I’m all for it.

Operation Mincemeat

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