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Old 09-30-2017   #1
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Rebuilding A Library

A few years ago, forces beyond my control and with great malice, scattered my library of thirty years to the four winds. I lost almost everything except for my ex-library hardcover copy of M.R. James' works.

Some losses were quite painful. Others I was indifferent. I have recently decided to rebuild a new library, replacing those works I dearly loved with the same edition if possible, or a different one if necessary.

My plan is to build my library, doing more buying in the beginning, while I have the funds. This will give me something to look forward to as my desire to mix with humanity becomes less and less and I am eventually able to retire and lock myself away in my own private world.

Many of these new titles are coming from the recommendations I have culled from TLO. Penguin Classics is also a goldmine of material. They will send you a print catalog for free if you ask. I highly recommend it.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I would certainly appreciate them. I am enthusiastic about the task before me and a bit intimidated also.

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Re: Rebuilding A Library

What an amazing opportunity!

I think you have the situation in hand, but may I suggest the works of our own Dr. Locrian, Christopher Slatsky, and Quentin S. Crisp to act as cornerstones of your new library?

I hope I'm not being overly inquisitive, but how did such a thing as the virtually complete loss of your library come to pass?

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If it's not too invasive, which side of the Atlantic do you reside?
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What are your preferences now and what are your future preferences (if you can guess)?

For fiction: poetry? drama? short stories? setting in tropical or colder climate? quiet or dramatic writers? structured or chaotic prose? lugubrious confessionals or subtle disdain? fast or slow rhythm? purple or Hemingway? Europe and America? Western and Eastern? classic and contemporary? short and long books too?

For nonfiction: art books? history? gardening? real crime novels? sociology? anthropology? journals?

These are not boxes to put a book into but I do notice certain spectrums and where the books I enjoy lie.

Perhaps you can share your inclinations (I am more than curious of how people build their libraries).

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Re: Rebuilding A Library

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I hope I'm not being overly inquisitive, but how did such a thing as the virtually complete loss of your library come to pass?
During my separation I moved from the house. As the divorce was finalized I returned to retrieve my things only to find she had disposed of nearly everything. I tried to retrieve the books she had donated/sold but with very little success.

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If it's not too invasive, which side of the Atlantic do you reside?
I live on the west side of The Pond in the American southeast.

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What are your preferences now and what are your future preferences (if you can guess)?

For fiction: poetry? drama? short stories? setting in tropical or colder climate? quiet or dramatic writers? structured or chaotic prose? lugubrious confessionals or subtle disdain? fast or slow rhythm? purple or Hemingway? Europe and America? Western and Eastern? classic and contemporary? short and long books too?

For nonfiction: art books? history? gardening? real crime novels? sociology? anthropology? journals?

These are not boxes to put a book into but I do notice certain spectrums and where the books I enjoy lie.

Perhaps you can share your inclinations (I am more than curious of how people build their libraries).
My reading has increased with my age.

As to fiction, weird tales have always been a staple. I have also grown quite fond of Balzac and am trying Tolstoy now.

As to poetry, I have never been a huge fan, though I am getting a lot out of Eliot and Bukowski at the moment.

In art, I am becoming reacquainted with Durer and a Rembrandt. Building from there.

I am also rebuilding my library of miserliness, which was a great challenge but one I enjoy.

Also, I have grown very fond of books about books, like "A Gentle Madness" and "Browsins" by Michael Dirda. This is another collection I an giving serious thought to building.

I suppose you could say my literary vistas have broadened considerably from my youth and I suspect my new library will be broader in scope than my first.

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Re: Rebuilding A Library

Revenant, I hope I'm not out of line speaking for the group but I believe there are a great many of us who would like to help with this beautiful project if we can. For myself, please do not hesitate to private message me if there are volumes I may have access to or can locate. Take care and good luck.
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Re: Rebuilding A Library

If you're looking to replace rare or out of print books without being glued to Ebay, here's a couple booksellers I frequent:

https://www.nightfallbooks.com

https://camelotbooks.com/books/author/ligotti-thomas
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I hope I'm not being overly inquisitive, but how did such a thing as the virtually complete loss of your library come to pass?
During my separation I moved from the house. As the divorce was finalized I returned to retrieve my things only to find she had disposed of nearly everything. I tried to retrieve the books she had donated/sold but with very little success.
Erg. Another miserable ex-wife.

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