Lee’s long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was “found” in 2011 and published this past July. At the time, her lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, intimated that a third novel might also be hidden among her papers. She called in Jaffe to inspect the typescripts (and Lee’s vintage Quiet DeLuxe Royal portable typewriter). What he found was an early draft of part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird, an original typescript of Go Set a Watchman, and the author’s original copy-edited typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird with revisions and corrections by Lee and her Lippincott editor.
You can download and read the entire report here. The Wall Street Journal broke the story yesterday afternoon.
Beginning tomorrow, September 1, Doctrina breve will be on exhibit at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia in an exhibit titled “Catholics in the New World: A Selection of 16th-18th Century Texts.” Featured alongside will be the oldest book published in South America, Doctrina Christiana, printed in Lima in 1584; an eighteenth-century Mexican book containing 2,624 anagrams of the angel’s greeting to Mary; and prayer books and catechisms translated into Native American languages from across the Americas, including Aymara, Zapotec, and Montagnais.
Will Pope Francis get a glimpse of these rare tomes while in Philadelphia in late September? It’s not on the official schedule. You, however, can see them through January 30, 2016.
Image Courtesy of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
*An earlier version of this post reported that Doctrina breve was the oldest surviving book printed in the Western Hemisphere. Some friends in the UK disagreed, as the Prime Meridian separating East from West slices through England, leaving part of England and several other European countries in the Western Hemisphere--and they were printing before 1544.
You’ve come a long way, Archie. Archie and cast: The Adventures of Archie Andrews, 1947. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As with most makeovers of major brands, there are significant financial reasons behind Archie’s stronger chin and dreamy eyes. In a Publisher’s Weekly interview last year, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater said that the new look keeps the characters relevant and also feeds Archie book sales, which account for a major portion of the company’s revenue. Goldwater noted in the article that bookstore sales of Archie titles have increased 736% since 2008, reflecting the publisher’s introduction of over fifty new titles from 2010-2014. The company has big plans for 2016, with a TV special, a musical, and more book events to celebrate 75 years and over 2 billion issues sold. Not bad for a freckle-faced teenaged Casanova.
- There’s Going to Be an Archie Musical (jezebel.com)
- Five Takes on Archie #2: Cars, Makeovers, and The New Girl in Town (womenwriteaboutcomics.com)
- Archie Is Born Again in ‘Archie #1’ (Review) (popmatters.com)
Coming up for auction next week is, according to the auctioneer, an “apparently unpublished” letter and poem from the hand of American expatriate poet Ezra Pound. Offered by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh, Scotland, the autograph letter (with envelope dated April 21, 1909) was sent to Mrs. Isabel Konody, later known as Isabel Codrington, a painter whose circle of friends in London included many poets and artists. Pound was new to the scene, having moved to London only the year before and still finding his way among the city’s cultural elite. On page two of the letter, Pound pens a 14-line sonnet which begins, “If poets whom you know are not all fools, Methinks my songs but march amid the rout.”
The auction estimate is £7,000-9,000 ($11,000-$14,140).
Image via Lyon & Turnbull.
The Boston-based RR Auction offered the lot with a minimum bid of $2,500, but the final sale price was an astonishing $24,650.68.
This extraordinary sale called to mind the fact that Yale University Press just released The Little Review “Ulysses” which, for the first time, brings together the serial installments of Joyce’s novel the way it was first seen by readers of The Little Review between 1919-1920. Edited by Mark Gaipa, Sean Latham, and Robert Scholes, this new edition allows twenty-first-century readers to enjoy the evolution of Joyce’s prose before the censors stepped in. With a beautiful color insert of the magazine’s covers and essays that contextualize Ulysses, this new edition is a must for Joyce or Little Review fans or collectors.
Jester reading a book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Unique characters abound. One mail-order collector interested in Frederick the Great playfully regarded himself, in his correspondence with the shop, as “part-time Marshal of France” and dated his letters 1757 from his “Winter quarters on the Rhine.” The Colts responded in kind because, the author makes clear, the Military Bookman was that kind of bookshop--one where personal relationships with customers mattered. One regular called it “Cheers without the booze.” Even a few celebrities, e.g. Paul Newman, James Gandolfini, and Bette Midler, found their way to this remarkable place over the years.
We all have favorite bookshops and even bookshop memoirs. In this bibliophilic sub-genre, numerous stories are relayed about hunting for rare books and buying trips abroad; Martial Bliss ably covers this ground. But unlike other booksellers’ memoirs, it’s not nostalgia that fuels the telling. She shares her memories in a pleasant, matter-of-fact way, as if setting straight the record for posterity--or for her former customers, who will, no doubt, adore reading her account. As will those with an interest in antiquarian books, bookselling, or military history.
“The fine line between passion and obsession was probably crossed many times in the stacks of the Military Bookman,” she writes. Sadly, those stacks were dismantled in 2003. The rise of online bookselling as well as the increased production of cheap reprints of out-of-print military titles combined to make such a specialty shop obsolete in the twenty-first century. For those who missed out on this New York City institution, Martial Bliss invites us in.
Image: Courtesy of Margaretta Barton Colt.