Friday, January 29, 2016

Janet Malcolm Unleashed -- January 29, 2016

Janet Malcolm has a scathing review of a new biography of Ted Hughes, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorized Life, Jonathan Bate, 662 pages, in the February 11, 2016, issue of The New York Review.

The name Janet Malcolm was familiar to me, and then I found that I had at least two biographies by her in my library including this one: The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Janet Malcolm. c. 1993.

It's in "red" because it is packed away in storage. I packed away about 75% of my library when my bookshelves were overflowing and I still had an interest in reading and obtaining new books. 
When a review is this scathing it suggests to me that the reviewer, in this case Janet Malcolm, has a "romantic interest" in the subject, in this case, Ted Hughes. I don't recall Malcolm's "take" on the Hughes/Plath marriage but it will be interesting to re-read when I pull it out of storage some day. 

Malcolm seems absolutely emotional in her two-page review in The New York Review. It seems the review must have been written in haste, in anger of some sort, and minimally edited. It will be interesting to see if any "letters to the editor" are forthcoming regarding this review. 

I think this kind of review "cheapens" Malcolm. Near the end Malcolm wrote this, which I find strange for a biographer to write:
The question of what he was "really" like remains unanswered, as it should. If anything is our own business, it is our pathetic native self. Biographers, in their pride, think otherwise. Readers, in their curiosity, encourage them in their impertinence. Surely Hughes's family, if not his shade, deserve better than Bate's squalid findings about Hughes's sex life and priggish theories about his psychology.
I don't recall but I seem to recall everything I learned about Hughes's sex life came from Malcolm's biography.

It makes one wonder whether Malcolm feels that Bate has come along and one-upped her on his biography, and that he found material she had overlooked. Material that was available to all.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Caillebotte Exhibit At The Kimbell Museum, Ft Worth, TX -- January 16, 2016

My notes of the Gustave Caillebotte exhibit; during my second visit.

The Painter's Eye exhibit, Kimbell Museum, late 1915 / early 1916: wall notes

His eye: photographic
His works: rare

Folks were aghast that the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, would pay $17 million for Gustave Caillebotte's Man At His Bath. From wiki:
Caillebotte created this work in 1884. He sent the painting to be exhibited at the Les XX show of 1888 in Brussels. The painting was controversial enough that it was removed from public view and placed in a small and inaccessible room. The painting was held by Caillebotte's heirs until it passed to another family, and then to a private collection in Switzerland in 1967.
His works are scattered around the world, mostly held by private individuals; no museum owns any sizable collection. Man At His Bath was huge, not a small still life.

Lots of work to get all these paintings for an exhibit; the paintings are located everywhere around the globe, including Louve Abu Dhabi; most in private collections.

Caillebotte painted at the beginning of the Impressionist Period -- 1870's, 1880's -- died 1894.

Tried to capture "how the eye worked."

Paul Hugot: personal friend; life-size painting -- may have owned more paintings by Hugot than anyone else outside Hugot's family.

Caillebotte: "photographic look"; common; eclectic; hobbies; friends; his life -- rich gentleman of leisure who wanted to preserve his fortunate "good life."

What's missing from the exhibit: no religious theme; completely secular; not even a church; did not see Notre Dame; no Parisian landmarks.

  • street scenes
  • card-playing scene; original -- dogs playing poker; presidents playing poker
  • portraits -- classic, posed
  • portraits -- as seen in real life
  • hobbies -- boating
  • street scenes -- fruit, fish, vegetable market
  • see picture of men looking at something 
  • rarely -- we see a picture of what they were looking at (#513, #512)
  • rural/urban
  • modernity: Hausmann; steel bridges; trains
  • Manet: portraits, large black spaces
  • Monet: landscape; impressionism; avant-garde; perhaps but not eclectic; did not evolve;
  • Rembrandt: I get tired of looking at Rembrandts; I don't get tire of looking at Caillebotte.
Photographic eye:
men scraping floor -- all "three" men -- the same model!! -- it's like three frames from a movie camera; or a camera mounted on a tripod and photo shot every four hours
Caillebotte may have been singularly responsible for "saving" Impressionism -- the pieces themselves; he was a patron; supported the artists who were poor; bought their paintings. See this website for more justification for that statement.

Caillebotte's collection became the "bulk" of Musee d'Orsay.

Best example of impressionism:
  • Dahlias
  • Garden at Petit Gennevilliers
  • 1893
  • one year before he died
  • most impressionistic
Paintings of looking out windows: "In the most radical compositions Caillebotte eliminated all evidence of the window, save for the plunging perspective ..." Again, the photographic eye.

"Paris emerges as the main subject."

#501: French National Collection of Impressionism
  • basis of the Musee d'Orsay
  • rich parents die -- he is in his 30's
  • he and his brother Martial -- wealthy; bachelor pad in downtown Paris
  • self-portrait -- relaxed, done quickly - as if taken by a camera; framed in a mirror
  • trained as a lawyer; never completed
#502: half-nude scrapers 
  • subject, again --> half-nude males
  • style --> again, the photographic eye
Unnumbered: opposite #517
  • cow / pasture: photographic
  • mundane, why??
  • who would buy it??
  • who would hang it??
Argument: why Boston MFA did not pay too much for Man At His Bath
  • must be put in context of what people now pay for art
  • risk of Saudi princes buying the artwork; lost forever
  • Caillebotte did not paint much
  • no one museum had large collection; no museum had a collection large enough it could sell from to raise money
  • once in a lifetime opportunity when this painting became available; MFA probably had to act fast; at risk of losing this opportunity
  • few people have seen -- or recognized a Cailleboote; will bring new patrons in; something NEW; people getting tired of same old artists
  • people will feel they have seen these paintings before; but won't be able to place them; will now know the story
  • Caillebotte painted during the beginning of the Impressionistic Period -- the bridge from the OLD to the NEW; transitions are always important

At this point, ANY CAILLEBOTTE was important; if Boston MFA did not havea  Caillebotte, it needed one. If Boston MFA had a Caillebotte, it would have had only one or two; not enough to call it a collection.

So, any Caillebotte -either is was serendipity this one came on the market when it did OR Boston MFA was specifically looking for a particular Caillebotte, or a particular type.

Now, why this particular one? Once decision was made to pay whatever it took to get a Caillebotte, why this one?
  • large; not simply a small still life
  • a peak into his alternate life-style; when this painting was bought by the Boston MFA, LGBT was a big bit deal; but even before, in Boston, the LGBT was always a huge community
  • it seems all great artists interested in nudes; the human body is the holy grail; 
  • human nudes done all the time; generally a female; this relatively unique, a male, but even more unique, the setting; how could a male nude be done differently: How did he choose his subject? Who was his subject?
  • of all the Caillebott's at the exhibit -- was there any Caillebotte that was "better"? Not equal to, but better. 
From wiki on the controversy and argument for the purchase:
In preparation for its Degas and the Nude exhibition in 2011, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) decided to purchase the painting, which it already had held on loan since earlier that year.
The painting was bought for approximately $17 million. The chairman of the Museum's European art department realized that they would be extremely unlikely to obtain donor funding for the purchase, because the painting depicted a male nude – difficult subject matter for attracting donors.
To raise the funds, the MFA "deaccessioned" (sold) eight other paintings in its collection.[9] The move was controversial, as the eight pieces had been given to the museum as gifts from benefactors. Those paintings were also by artists more recognized to the general public than the lesser-known Caillebotte: they included work by Monet, Renoir and Gauguin.
Others defended the move by the MFA: Boston Globe editor Dante Ramos claimed that acquiring the Caillebotte is "the kind of bold, adventurous move that a world-class museum ought to be making," while noting that there may not have been many benefactors willing to donate "a painting showing some random guy's naked butt."
The painting became the museum's first Impressionist nude, and joined the one other work by Caillebotte, the still life Fruits sur un étalage.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Nathaniel Hawthorne In His Time, James R. Mellow, c. 1980

One of the worst biographies ever. The narrative skipped around; there were some major errors in dating. I "read" the book twice, though I skimmed through the last half the last time I read it. I threw it out in December, 2015.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed The World, Jenny Ulgow -- November 29, 2015

c. 2002

The principal lunar men in order of age, in 1760:
  • John Whitehurst (1713- 1788): 47
  • Matthew Boulton (1728 - 1809): 32
  • Josiah Wedgwood (1730 - 1795): 30
  • Erasmus Darsin (1731 - 1802): 29
  • Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804): 27
  • William Small (134 - 1775): 26
  • James Keir (1735 - 1820): 25 (Scottish)
  • James Watt (1736 - 1819): 24 (Scottish)
  • William Witherin (1741 - 1799): 19
  • Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744 - 1817) 16
  • Thomas Day (1748 - 1789): 12
  • Samuel Galton (1753 - 1832): 7
Core group:
  • Erasmus Darwin
  • Matthew Boulton (partner with Watt)
  • James Watt
  • Josiah Wedgwood
  • Joseph Priestley -- preacher; perhaps most radical of the group

Friday, November 20, 2015

Packing Away -- November 20, 2015

Black: still on shelves; will likely be packed away when found
Red: packed away
Blue: to remain on shelves
Purple: discarded

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War, Richard Rubin, c. 2013
James Joyce: A Reader's Guide To, William York Tindall, c. 1959
Handbook of Poetic Forms: The Teachers & Writers Handbook, Ron Padgett, c. 1987
York: The Official Guide, tourist paperback, very slim
Virginia Woolf, James King, c. 1994 
Virginia Woolf, Hermione Lee, c. 1996  
The Letters of JRR Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, c. 1981
Sex, Art, and American Culture, Camille Paglia, c. 1992
JRR Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey, c. 2000
Louis May Alcott: Her Life, Letters and Journals, edited by Ednah Dow Cheney, c. 1889
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other stories, Washington Irving. c. 2001 
The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, Jenny Uglow, c. 2002
The Scramble For Africa, Thomas Pekenham, c. 1991
Brains: How They Seem To Work, Dale Purves, c. 2010
Rediscovering George Washington: Founding Father, Richard Brookhiser, c. 1996
Beowulf, Seamus Heaney, c. 
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis, c. 2002
A History of the Arab Peoples, Albert Hourani, c. 1991 
Beowulf: A Prose Translation, E. Talbot Donaldson, c. 2002

BOX 6012
Some Great Books

A Good Year to Die: The Story of the Great Sioux War, Charles M. Robinson III, c. 1995
Mornings on Horseback: TR in North Dakota, David McCullough, c. 1981
Personal Memoirs of US Grant, c. 1965 (two copies)
In The Blink of an Eye, Andrew Parker, c. 2003
Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education, Michael Dirda, c. 2005
Jefferson and the Gun-Men: How The West Was Almost Lost, M. R. Montgomery, c. 2000
Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science, Robert Lomas, c 2002
The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes, c. 2001
Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger, c. 1945
Fairy Tales in Latin, Victor Barocas, c. 2000
Anthology of Islamic Literature, edited by James Kritzeck, c. 1964
Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics, Nick Herbert, c. 1985
Les Miserables, small program
Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork, with a foreword by Eva Hoffman, c. 1996
Quantum Evolution: Life in the Multiverse, Johnje McFadden, c. 2000
Reading: Essays and Literary Entertainments, Michael Dirda, c. 2000
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, Jill Lepore, c. 1998
A Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat, Jeremy Seal, c. 1995
Istanbul: Memories and the City, Orhan Pamuk, c. 2004
Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, Russell Shorto, c. 2008
The Campaigns of Alexander: The Landmark Arrian, edited by James Romm, c. 2010 -- a great book
A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women's Lives, edited by Betsy Hearne and Roberta Seelinger Trites, c. 2009
The Middleburg Mystique, Vicky Moon, c. 2001
Provincetown As A Stage, Leona Rust Egan, c. 1994
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee, c. 2010
Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, Robert Daller, c. 2013
How To Read Literature Like A Professor, Thomas C. Foster, c. 2003
Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster, Joanne Passet, c. 2008
Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, Anthony Summers, c. 1985
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage, Brenda Maddox, c. 1994
Coriolanus, Shakespeare, the play in a little paperback
Cliff's Notes
  • Hamlet
  • Othello
  • MacBeth
  • Crime and Punishment
  • War and Peace
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Mythology
  • Faust
  • Julius Caesar
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Vanity Fair
  • King Lear
  • Jane Eyre
BOX 6011
C.S. Lewis

Dr Euler's Fabulous Formula, Paul J. Nahin, c. 2006
Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, Michael Gorra, c. 2012
Word Virus: the Williams S Burroughs Reader, edited by James Grauerholz, c. 1998
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald, c. 2005
The Indian Tipi: It's History, Construction, and Use, Reginald and Gladys Laubin, c.1957, 1977
On The Origin of Tepees: The Evolution of Ideas (And Ourselves), Jonnie Hughes, c. 2011
Learning From Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius, Fritjof Capra, c. 2013
The Official Lladro Collection Reference Guide, 1996
The Dakotas: Off The Beaten Bath, Robin McMacken, c. 1996
A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope At The Heart of Crisis, Diane Ackerman, c. 1997
Robinson Cruse, Daniel Defoe, c. 1978
The Tidewater Tales, John Barth, c. 1987
The Science of God, Gerald L. Schroeder, c. 1997
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen, foreword by Harold Bloom, edited by Susannah Carson, c. 2009
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Alison Weir, c. 2010
Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and The Language of Love, Myron Uhlberg, c. 2009
1688: A Global History, John E. Wills, c. 2001
Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton, c. 1908
Traveling to Infinity, Jane Hawking, c. 1999
Terrible Justice: Sioux Chiefs and US Soldiers on the Upper Missouri, 1854 - 1868, Doreen Chaky, c. 2012
 The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways, George Bird Grinnell, 2008 (important book)
 Air Superiority Blue: The F-15 Story, Donn A. Byrnes, c. 2007
The Best American Essays, Anne Fadiman, Robert Atwan, c. 2003
The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton, c. 1936
Mere Christian, C. S. Lewis, Kathryn Lindskoog, c. 1973
C.S. Lewis, Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper, c. 1976
The Latin Letters of C. S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis & Don Giovanni Calabria, c. 1998
The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis, c. 1961
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien, c. 1990
Mark Twain: A Life, Ron Powers, c. 2005
A Moveable Feast, Ernets Hemingway, c. final revision, 1964
The Portable Henry James, c. 1956
The Iliad, small Penguin Classics paperback
The Odyssey, Monarch Notes
Prairy Erth: A Deep Map, William Least Heat-Moon, c. 1999
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder, c. 1927 
Les Miserables, The Program, The Palace Theater, London, 1985
Bath, tourist paperback, very slim
Bibury, tourist paperback, very slim 
Berlin, tourist paperback, very slim
Trier, tourist paperback, very slim
The Tragedy of the Moon, Isaac Asimov, c. 1973
My Love Affair With England, Susan Allen Toth, c. 1992 
The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell, c. 1975 

BOX 6010

The Goblin Market, A Tale of Two Sisters, Christina Rossetti, c. 1997, with afterword by Joyce Carol Oates
The King of Vodka, Linda Himelstein, c. 2009
A History of Reading, Alberto Manguel, 1996
Love Among the Butterflies: The Diaries, Margaret Fountaine, c. 1980
Does God Play Dice: The New Mathematics of Chaos, Ian Stewart, c. 1989 - 2002
The Particle at the End of the Universe, The Higgs Boson, Sean Carroll, c. 2012 
Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community, Jon Hunner. c. 2004

Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson, c. 1979
E=MC2, David Bodais, c. 2000
Theodore Roosevelt, Historical Guide, Clay S. Jenkinson, touristy little thing, c. 2006
Paradise Lost, John Milton, Norton Critical Edition, c. 1975 - 1993
The Elegant Universe, Brian Green, c. 1999
Relativity Simply Explained, Martin Gardner, c. 1962
Dakota Portraits, Marion J. Piper. c. 1964
Understanding Fiction, Poems, 1986 - 1996, Henry Taylor, c. 1996
The Rocky Mountains, Smithsonian Natural History Series, c. 2002
A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe, c. 2001
Silas Marger, George Eliot, c. 1996
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, c. 2011
Man and His Measure, Francis Connolly, c. 1964, an anthology, from Furuseth (Craig's best friend)
The Port of Gloucester, James B. Connolly, c. 1940
Winter King: Henry VII and The Dawn of Tudor England, Thomas Penn, c. 2012
Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age, James Essinger, c. 2004
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Walter Isaacson, c. 2014
The Simpson and Their Mathematical Secrets, Simon Singh, c. 2013
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, Kathleen Norris, c. 2008
Mythology and the Romantic Tradition in English Poetry, Douglas Bush, c. 1937
The Muddy River Boys (North Dakota), J. David Erickson, c. 2011
Fifteen Months of Winter: My Year in North Dakota, John Bayer, c. 2014
The Log From the Sea of Cortez, John Steinbeck, c. 1969
Amazing Grace, A Vocabulary of Faith, Kathleen Norris, c. 1998
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach, c. 2003
Shrinklists, Marice Sagoff, small little monograph, poetry summarizing the classics (a throwaway)
Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick, c. 2006
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, c. 2003
Rewriting Scotland, Welsh, McLean, Warner, Banks, Galloway, Kennedy, edited by Cristie L. March, c. 2002 
Scottish - English (Doric-English), Douglas Kynoch, c. 1996 
The Shakespeare Miscellany, David Crystal, c. 2005
Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen, Anna Whitelock, c. 2010
Who's Who and What's What in Shakespeare, Evangeline M. O'Connor, c. 1978, reprint of 1887 edition
Shakespeare's Sonnets: Freshly Phrased, Joseph Gallagher, 2011
The Shakespeare Handbook, Levi Fox, c. 1987
Who's Who in Shakespeare, Peter Quennel and Hamish Johnson, c. 1995 

BOX 6009

The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus, Joshua Kendall, c. 2008
Jerusalem, tourist glossy
The Land of Jesus, tourist glossy
Florence, tourist glossy
Berlin Museum, tourist glossy
Van Gogh: The Passionate Eye, tourist glossy
Patton's Principles, Porter B. Williamson
Teh Defnitive Biography of PDQ Bach, Peter Schiekele, c. 1976  
North York Moors, John Morrison, small tourist book
Nidderdale Way, Paul Hannong, small tourist book for walking
Yorkshire Dales: Southern and Wester Area, Terry Marsh, small tourist book
Bronte Parsonage Museum, museum book
Bede: A History of the English Church and People,  Leo Shiley-Price,
John Adams, David McCullough, c. 2001
Gilbert Keith Chesterton biography, Maisie Ward, c. 1944
Dakota, Kathleen Norris, c. 1993, several copies
Every Living Thing, James Herriot, 1992, with an inscription from the Garcias to Laura
Twilight of the Clockwork God: Conversations On Science and Spirituality at the end of an age, John David Ebert, c. 1999
William James Remembered, edited by Linda Simon, c. 1996
The Journal of Eugene Delacroix, c. 1951
Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, James Gleick, c. 2011

Portrait of a Marriage: V. Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson, c. 1973
James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Text, Criticism, and Notes, edited by Chester G. Anderson. c. 1916
Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life, Lyndall Gordon, c. 1994
Reading the Brontes: An Introduction to Their Novels and Poetry, charmian Knight and Luke Spencer, c. 2000
Critical Essays on Charlotte Bronte, Barbara Timm Gates, c. 1990
Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod on the Open Road, Ken Mansfield, c. 2009

The Great White Bear, Kieran Mulvaney, c. 2011
The Reign of the Dinosaurs, Jean-Guy Michard, c. 1989, small little throwaway
Alice James: A Biography, Jean Strouse, c.1980
Collected Stories of William Faulkner, 
Mendeleev on the Periodic Law, Selected Writings, 1869 - 1905, edited by William B. Jensen, c. 2002
The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, Richard Panek, c. 2011
James Joyce: The Citizen and the Artist, C. H. Peake, c. 1977
Ulysses: Portals of Discovery, Twayne's Masterworks Studies, Patrick A. McCarthy, c. 1990
Literary Criticism of 17th Century England, edited by Edward W. Tayler, c. 1967
Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Mike Mignola and John Byrne, c. 1994
Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom, Mike Mignola, c. 2000
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright, c. 2000
Roanoke: Solving The Mystery of the Lost Colony, Lee Miller, c. 2000
What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, Bernard Lewis, c. 2002
From Quanta to Quarks, Anton Z Capri, c. 2007
Imagining Virginia Woolf: An Experiment in Critical Biography, Maria DiBattista, c. 2009
English Literature: The Norton Anthology, Volume E, The Victorian Age, 1962 - 2006
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, Sylvia Nasar, c. 2011
Knocking on Heaven's Door: Higgs Boson, Lisa Randall, c. 2011 

BOX 6008
Plath, Kerouac
Railroad Books

Clarissa, The History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson, c. 1985
The Norton Anthology: World Masterpieces, Expanded Edition, Volume 2, 1650 to the present, c. 1995
The Portable Jack Kerouac, edited by Ann Charters, c. 1995
American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath, Carl Rollyson, an advance reading copy, c. 2013
Sylvia Plath: A Biography, Linda W. Wagner-Martin, c. 1987
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, c. 1994
From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East, Bernard Lewis, c. 2004
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, First American Pulbication, edited by Karen V. Kukil, c. 2000
Proust: A Life, Jean-Yves Tadie, c. 1996
The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath, Ronald Hayman, c. 2003
Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath, Paul Alexander, c. 1991
The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Janet Malcolm. c. 1993
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, c. 1996
Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, A Marriage, Diane Middlebrook, c. 2003
Glacier Express, Paul Caminada, c. 1983
Furka-Oberalp, Hans Schweers, c. 1982
The Jungfrau Region, Railways, Ralf Roman Rossberg, c. 
The Portable Graham Greene, edited by Philip Stratford, c. 1947
Jungfrau Express up to the glaciers, Verena Gurtner, c. 1986 
Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat, Gregory F. Michno, c. 1997
D-Day: June 6, 2944: The Climactic Battle of World War I, Stephen E. Ambrose, c. 1994
Dachau: 1933 - 44, The Official History, Paul Berben, 1968
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America, William Least Heat-Moon, c. 1983
Eros and Androgyny: The Legacy of Rose Macaulay, Jeanette N. Passty, c. 1988
The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About The Stages of Life, Edward Mendelson, c. 2006
 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, a Norton Critical Edition, second edition, edited by J Paul Hunter, the best edition ever, c. 1996
Great Plain, Ian Frazier, c. 1989
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind, Ivan Doig, c. 1978

BOX 6007
Anthologies of Literature

A Treasury of Great Poems, compiled and selected by Loius Untermeyer, c. 1942
The Riverside Anthology of Literature, Douglas Hunt, c. 1988
The Red Ape: Orang-utans & Human Origins, Jeffrey H. Schwartz, c. 1987
Blonde: A Novel, Joyce Carol Oates, c. 2000
No Man's Land:The Place of the Woman Writer in the 20th Century, Volume 2, Sex Changes, Sandra M. Gilbert / Susan Gubar, c. 1989
Kafka's Last Love, The Mystery of Dora Diamant, Kathi Diamant, c. 2003
The Norton Introduction to Literature, Jerome Beaty, et al, c. 1973
The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Fourth Edition, Margaret Ferguson, et al, c. 1970
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Fourth Edition, Volume 2, c. 1962
The Oxford Companion to English Literature, Fifth Edition, Margaret Drabble, c. 1985
First Class: Legendary Train Journeys Around The World, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, a gift from Ellen Barry
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, c. 1875
Palimpsest: A Memoir, Gore Vidal, c. 1995
Therese Raquin, Emile Zola, c. 1960
British Literature, The Longman Anthology, Third Edition, Volume 2C, c. 2006    
An Encyclopeia of British Women Writers, Paul Schlueter, June Schlueter, c. 1998


BOX 6005
My Virginia Woolf Library
Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell: A Very Close Conspiracy, Jane Dunn, c. 2000, $6.98
Virginia Woolf: The Major Novels, John Batchelor, c. 1991 
Virginia Woolf, A to Z: Mark Hussey, c. 1995
Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden, Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson, c. 1997 
The Diary of VW, Volume Five, 1936 - 1941, c. 1984, softback,
Bloomsbury: A House of Lions, Leon Edel, 1979, hard cover, warehouse sale.
Mrs Dalloway: Mapping Streams of Consciousness, David Dowling, c. 1991 
Congenial Spirits: The Selected Ltrs of VW, edited by Joanne Trautmann Banks, c. 1989
Mrs Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light, c. 2008, Harvard Bookstore, hard cover, $7.00; 
Passionate Apprentice: Virginia Woolf, The Early Journals, 1897 - 1909, Virginia Woolf, edited by Mitchell A Leaska, c. 1990 
The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to VW and Bloomsbury, Sarah M. Hall, c. 2007
Selected Works of Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, c. 2005
Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life, Julia Briggs, c. 2005
The Mrs Dalloway Reader, Virginia Woolf et al, edited by Francine Prose, 2003
Virginia Woolf, Nigel Nicolson, c. 2000
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Manic Depression and the Life of VW, Peter Dally, c. 1999
Who's Afraid of Leonard Woolf, Irene Coates, c. 1998
Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf, Panthea Reid, c. 1996, $7.98
Virginia Woolf: Interviews and Recollections, edited by J. H. Stape, c. 1995
Leonard and Virginia Woolf as Publishers: The Hogarth Press, 1917 - 1941, J. H. Willis, c. 1992
Virginia Woolf, Modern Fiction, Susan Dick, c. 1989
Virginia Woolf, Modern Critical Reviews, edited by Harold Bloom, c. 1986
The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to VW, edited by L. DeSalvo and M. A. Leaska, c. 1985
Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life, Lyndall Gordon, c. 1984
Virginia Woolf: Revaluation and Continuity, edited by Ralph Freedman, c. 1980
The Unknown Virginia Woolf, Roger Poole, c. 1978
Virginia Woolf, Susan Rubinow Gorsky, c. 1978
Moments of Being, Virginia Woolf, c. 1977
A Moment's Liberty: The Shorter Diary, abridged and edited by Anne Olivier Bell, c. 1977
Virginia Woolf: A Biography, Quentin Bell, c. 1972
Recollections of Virginia Woolf by Her Contemporaries, edited by Joan Russell Noble, c. 1972
Downhill All the Way, 1919 - 1939, Leonard Woolf, c. 1967
A Writer's Diary, Virginia Woolf, edited with an introduction by Leonard Woolf, c. 1953
The Common Reader, Virginia Woolf, c. 1925
The Diary of VW, Volume One, 1915 - 1919, c. 1977, hardback,
The Diary of VW, Volume Two, 1920 - 1924, c. 1978, softback,
Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare, Bertram Fields, c. 2005

BOX 6004
Anaïs Nin, Thomas Hardy, Sylvia Plath
Linotte: The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1914 – 1920, preface by Joaquin Nin-Culmell,

The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume 4: 1927 – 1931, preface by Joaquin Nin-Culmell
The Diaries, Volume I, 1931 – 1934, Anaïs Nin
The Diaries, Volume II, 1934 – 1939, Anaïs Nin (purchased 2010, completes the series) The Diaries, Volume III, 1939 – 1944, Anaïs Nin, hardcover
The Diaries, Volume IV, 1944 – 1947, Anaïs Nin (purchased 2008)
The Diaries, Volume V, 1947 – 1955, Anaïs Nin, hardcover
Anaîs Nin: A Biography, Deirdre Bair, 1995

In Favor of the Sensitive Man and Other Essays, Anaïs Nin, c. 1976, earliest essay c. 1966,
Incest: The Unexpurgated Diary, 1932 – 1934, Anaïs Nin
Fire: The Unexpurgated Diary, 1934 – 1937, Anaïs Nin 
Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin, Noël Riley Fitch, c. 1993 
A Literate Passion: Letters of Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller, 1932 – 1952,
Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary, from “A Journal of Love,” Anaïs Nin  Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller, 1961, hard cover
Henry Miller: The Happiest Man Alive, Mary Dearborn, c.1991
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage, Brenda Maddox, c. 1994
The Bronte Myth, Lucasta Miller, c. 2001
The Art of Emily Bronte, edited by Anne Smith, c. 1976
James Joyce, Bernard Benstock, 1985
James Joyce: A Literary Life, Morris Beja, c. 1992
Sydney and Violet: Their Life with TS Eliot, Proust, Joyce, and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndham Lewis, Stephen Klaidman, c. 2013
Hardy, Martin Seymour-Smith, c. 1994, Bloomsbury Press
Thomas Hardy: Modern Critical Views, edited by Harold Bloom, c. 1987
Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy, c. 2000
Far From The Madding Crowd: A Norton Critical Edition, Thomas Hardy, edited by Robert C. Schweik, c. 1986
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy, Penguin Classics, c. 1996
Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Norton Critical Edition, Thomas Hardy, edited by Scott Elledge c. 1965
A Laodicean: A History of Today, Thomas Hardy, Everyman softcover, c. 1997 
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath In New York, Summer, 1953, Elizabeth Winder, uncorrected proof, c. 2013 
A Backward Glance, An Autobiography, Edith Wharton, c. 1933
Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice In Paradise, Sally Cline, c. 2002
Zelda: A Biography, Nancy Milford, c. 1970 
In Search of Paul: How Jesus's Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom, A New Vision of Pal's Words and World, John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed, c. 2004
BOX 6001
Hitchcock, Bergman, Du Maurier

Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imagined History of Algebra, John Derbyshire, c. 2006, 
The Pleasures of Finding Things Out, The Best Short Stories of Richard P. Feynman, c. 1999
Pi in the Sky: Counting, Thinking, and Being, John D. Barrow, c. 1992
The History of the Calculus and its Conceptual Development, Carl B. Boyer, c. 1949
Calculus Made East, Sylvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner, c. 1998
e: The Story of a Number i, Eli Maor, c. 1994
The Cult of iPod, Leander Kahney, c. 2005
The Constants of Nature: The Numbers that Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe, John D. Barrow, c. 2002
Deciphering The Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung, Arthur I Miller, c. 2009
Makers of Mathematics, Stuart Hollingdale, c. 1989
Prime Obsession, Bernhard Riemann adn the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics, John Derbyshire, c. 2003
The Story of Numbers: How Mathematics Has Shaped Civilization, John McLeish, c. 1991
The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers, Benjamin H. Yandell, c. 2002  
Mathematics With Love: The Courtship, Correspondence of Barnes Wallis, Inventor of the Bouncing Bomb, Mary Stopes-Roe, c. 2005
Perfect Rigor: A Genius + The Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century (Poincare Conjecture), Masha Gessen, c. 2009
Einstein's Daughter: The Search For Lieserl, Michele Zackheim, c. 1999
The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy, c. 2003
The Story of i: The Imaginary Tale, Paul J. Nahin, c. 1998
50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need To Knnow, Tony Crilly, c. 2007
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, Paul Hoffman, c. 1998
One to Nine: The Inner LIfe of Numbers, ANdrew Hodges, c. 2007
Why Not Catch-21? The Story Behind The Titles, Gary Dexter, c. 2007
The Kingdom of Infinite Number: A Field Guide, Bryan Bunch, c. 2000
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number, Mario LIvio, c. 2002
Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman, Donald Spoto, c. 197
The Winding Stair, Daphne du Maurier, c. 1976
Daphne du Maurier, Twayne's English Authors Series, Richard Kelly, c. 1987
Daphne du Maurier, The Secret Life of the Renowned Storyteller, Margaret Forster, c. 1993
Complete Stories, Dorothy Parker, Penguin Classics, introduction by Regina Barreca, c. 1995
Ingrid Bergman: My Story, Ingrid Bergman and Alan Burgess, c. 1980 
Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock, John Russell Taylor, c. 1978
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe, George Dyson, c. 2012
Heretics, GK Chesterton, c. 2001 edition
"What Do You Care What Other People Think?" Further Adventures of a Curious Character, Richard P. Feynman, c. 1988
Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, Stephen M. Barr, c. 2003 
Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, edited by J. A. Leo LeMay and P. M. Zall, a Norton Critical Edition, c. 1986.
Proust, William Sansom, c. 1973 (a small monograph) 
Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi, c. 1958
The Map That Changed The World, Simon Winchester, c. 2001

BOX 6003
Austen, Bronte

Latin for People: Latina pro Populo, Alexander Humez, c. 1976
Latin Stories, Designed to Accompnay Wheelock's Latin, Anne H. Groton, c. 1995
Veni, Vidi, Vici: Conquer Your Enemies, Impress Your Friends With Everyday Latin, Eugene Ehrlich, c. 1995
Amo, Amas, Amat, and More: How to Use Latin to Your Own Advantage and to the Astonishment of Others, Eugene Ehrlich, c. 1985
Latin Can Be Fun: A Modern Conversational Guide, Georg Capellanus, c. 1970
Latin For Even More Occasions, Henry Beard, c. 1991
Learning To Read Latin, Workbook, Andrew Keller, c. 2004
Learn to Read Latin, Andrew Keller, 2004 
In Flanders Fields: The 1917 Campaign, Leon Wolff, 1958
In Trace of TR: A Montana Hunter's Journey, Dan Aadland, c. 2010
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and The Battle of the Little Bighorn, Nathaniel Philbrick, c. 2010
Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar, The Modern Library, c. 1995 
Marguerite Yourcenar: Inventing a Life, Josyane Savigneu, c. 1993
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy: Jim Marrs, c. 2013 
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte, Oxford World's Classics, c. 1992
Villette, Charlotte Bronte, Oxford World's Classics, c. 2000
The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds, Jonathan Rosen, c. 1996
The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, Thomas Jefferson, c. 1989, a gift from Laura, 2002, just before I departed for Menwith Hill Station, the book published at 25 Beacon Street Boston
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, edited by Mark Schorer, c. 1959, a really, really good edition
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, Wordsworth Classics, c. 1993
Emma, Jane Austen, A Norton Critical Edition, edited by Stephen M. Parrish, c. 1972, a really, really good edition with lots of personal annotations
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen, A Norton Critical Edition, c. 2004
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving, Modern Library, c. 2002
Ginsberg: A Biography, Barry Miles, c. 2001
Anne Sexton: A Biography, Diane Wood Middlebrook, c. 1991
Emily Dickinson, Cynthia Griffin Wolff, c. 1986
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St Vincent Millay, Nancy Milford, c. 2002
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage, Clifford Stoll, c. 1989
Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice, Sharon O'Brien, c. 1987
Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, Kingsley M. Bray, c. 2006
Forged In Faith: How Fatih Shaped The Birth of the Nation, 1607 - 1776, Rod Gragg, c. 2010
I Am Hutterite, Mary-Ann Kirkby, c. 2010
Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings, 2013 -- really, really a keeper 
Italian Journey, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Penguin Classics, c. 1962
Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through The Five Books of Moses, Bruce Feller, c. 2001
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time, Dava Sobel, c. 1995 
The Master of Mary of Burgundy: A Book of Hours 
The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne, c. 1967
The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of The Earth's Anatomy, Jack Repcheck, c. 2003 

BOX 6002
Hemingway, Hunter S Thompson, Joseph Conrad

Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters, 1917 - 1961, edited by Carlos Baker, c. 1981
Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, Carlos Baker, c. 1969
Islands in the Stream, Ernest Hemingway, c. 1970
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway, c. 1996
The Apprenticeship of Ernest Heminway, The Early Years, Charles A Fenton, c. 1954
How It Was, Mary Welsh Hemingway, c. 1951
Hemingway: The Final Years, Michael Reynolds, c. 1999
Papa Hemingway, A. E. Hotchner, c. 1955
Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961, Paul Hendrickson, c. 2011 
The Rum Diary: A Novel, Hunter S. Thompson, c. 1998
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From a Strange Time, Hunter S. Thompson, c. 1979
The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad, Modern Library, 100 Best Novels, c. 1998 
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad, Wordsworth Classics, c. 1993
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, c. 1995
Joseph Conrad, Adam Gillon, Twayne's English Authors Series, c. 1982
Lucia Joyce: To Dance In The Wake, Carol Loeb Shloss, c. 2003 
On The Move: A Life, Oliver Sacks, c. 2015
Salinger, David Shields/Shane Salerno, c. 2013
Idiot's Guide to Submarines, c. 2003 
Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau, Penguin Nature Classics, c. 1987 
The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Family Letters, 1905 - 1931, edited by Walter Hopper, c. 2004 
My Antonia, Willa Cather, c. 1994
Daniel Defoe, Modern Critical Views, edited by Harold Bloom, c. 1987
Sky, Chet Raymo, c. 2001
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stroies, Simon Winchester, c. 2010 
Heretics / Orthodoxy, Gilbert K. Chesterton, c. 2000 
Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber, c. 2001
I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, Sylvie Simmons, c. 2012
Apollodorus The Library of Greek Mythology, translation by Robin Hard, Oxford World's Classics, c. 1997
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, James Gleick, c. 1992 
Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story, Evan I. Schwartz, c. 2009
Critics on Jane Austen (Henry James, GK Chesterton, GH Lewes, Malcolm Bradbury, Leonard Woolf, WH Auden, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Bronte), edited by Judity O'Neill, c. 1970 

BOX 6006
British History, Gertrude Stein

The Early Stuarts, 1603 - 1660, Godfrey Davies, c. 1959
Charles I: The Personal Monarch, Charles Carlton, c. 1983
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, Penguin Classics, translated, edited by Betty Radice, c. 1974 
Heloise & Abelard: A New Biography, James Burge, 2003
The Age of the Picts, W. A. Cummins, 1995
King Charles II, Antonia Fraser, c. 1979
British Kings and Queens, Mike Ashley, c. 1998
Henry VIII: The King and His Court, Alison Weir, c. 2001
1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry, Andrew Bridgeford, c. 2005
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir, c. 1999
The Wars of the Roses: Peace and Conflict in 15th Century England, John Gillingham, c. 1981
Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice, Janet Malcolm, c. 2007
Dear Sammy: Letters from Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, edited by Samuel M. Steward
The Letters of Gertrude Stein & thornton Wilder, edited by Edward M. Burns, c. 1996
Letters from Africa, 1914 - 1931, Isak Dinesen, c. 1978
Alice B. Toklas: The Biography, Linda Simon, c. 1977 
Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson, Martha Nell Smith, c. 1992
Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller, Judith Thurman, c. 1982
The Secret Life of Lobsters, Trevor Corson, c. 2005
Lutefisk: The Last Word, Gary Legwold, c. 1996
Ovid: The Erotic Poems, Penguin Classics, c. 1982
Who Got Einstein's Office?, Ed Regis, c. 1987
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins, Oxford World's Classics, c. 1992
Casablanca: Behind the Scenes, Harlan Lebo, 1992
Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context, J. Albert Harrill, c. 2012
The Lakota and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground, Jeffrey Ostler, c. 2010
Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us From Seeing, Darian Leader, c. 2002
The Making of Gray's Anatomy: Bodies, Books, Fortune, Fame, Ruth Richardson, c. 2008
Jacobson's Organ and the Remarkable Nature of Smell, Lyall Watson, c. 2000
The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time, Phyllis Rose, c. 1997
Going After Cacciato: A Novel, Tim O'Brien, c. 1978
The Collected Works of C. S. Lewis, The Pilgram's Progress, Christian Reflections, God in the Dock, c. 1933
Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, Colin Duriez, c. 2003
Grant: As Military Commander, James Marshall-Cornwall, c. 1970
T. rex and The Crater of Doom, Walter Alvarez, c. 1997
Pages Left Unfinished At The Time of Creation, John Phillip Santos, c. 1999
Scotch and Holy Water, John D. Tumpane, c. 1981, with inscription to Laura from Dad

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau

Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau, first published in 1865; $16, full price from Yellow Umbrella bookstore in Chatham, Cape Cod.

This book is the kick-off point for a several page article on Henry David Thoreau: "Pond Scum: Henry David Thoreau's moral myopia" by Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, October 19, 2015. Other than being a new staff writer for The New Yorker, nothing else is said about her. But she got Thoreau exactly right: a hypocrite.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Notes On Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger, c. 1945, 1946, 1951, 1970

First thought as I was nearing the end of the book:
— huge difference from the Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway
— was this the 1950 version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Chiffonier, 15: tall chest of drawers, often with a mirror on top

Hound’s tooth jacket, 33: two-tone, checkered jacket; think Sherlock Holmes’ deerstalker hat; 1930’s, adopted by the wealthy; back in style in the 1950’s;

Pinball machine, 48:

Gladstones, 67: small, portmanteau suitcases

Skaes, hockey vs speed skates, 67:

“lousy with rocks”, 72: son goes to Pencey, so she must be rich; taking off her gloves, “lousy with rocks,” so these would have been rings with large gems (diamonds, others).

“drink up the minimum too fast”, p. 111: many of these clubs required one to buy at least one drink (“the minimum”) if they were going to be allowed to stay in the club; those with little money seldom could afford more than “the minimum.”

Tatersall vests: a check or plaid pattern woven into cloth.
Catcher In The Rye, J. D. Salinger, c. 1945, 1946, 1951, 1970

Chapter 1

We learn his name is Holden.

He came up (?) from New York City to say “good-bye” to his prep school, specifically to say good-bye to his history teacher, Mr Spencer, who recently had the flu.

He was overlooking the football game between his previous prep school, Pencey Prep, Agerstown, PA, and Saxon Hall. (He was just down to NYC with the fencing team, and now they came back to Pencey Prep — was his new school also in/near Agerstown? Was his new school Saxon Hall?)

He had recently been kicked out of Pencey Prep for failing, not applying himself.

He had been a smoker, but quit.

We also learn he has an older brother writing scripts in Hollywood.

The chapter ends with Holden arriving at the Spencer house and Mrs Spencer invites him in; she knows him well, apparently.

Chapter 2: — extremely humorous chapter.

We learn his last name is Caulden. Mr Spencer had written Holden a note asking him to visit him before vacation began. But Holden said he would have come anyway.

Apparently these are boarding schools; apparently he was just expelled since his parents do not know yet. Holden will tell his parents in a couple of days when he sees them.

He says he was 16 when this occurred; he says he is now 17.

Continues discussion with Mr Spencer, easily 70 years old.

His fourth school was Pencey Prep. A previous school was Whooton School. Another Elkton Hills.

Chapter ends with him leaving Mr Spencer.

Chapter 3: — another humorous chapter

We learn that while at Pencey, he was a junior living in the dorms. Roommate was a senior.

Answer to question in Chapter 1: he was not yet in a new school. He was returning to his old dorm room at Pencey after taking the fencing team to NYC. He wouldn’t know about a new school until he saw his parents who still did not know that he had been expelled.

Reading Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, which he checked out by mistake; turns out  he liked it.

He says his favorite author is D. B., his brother; then Ring Lardner.

We meet Holden’s roommate at the end of the chapter; most of the chapter is dialogue with a senior who lives in room next door.

His roommate wants him (Holden) to write an English essay due Monday.

Chapter 4: — another humorous chapter — especially about checkers

His roommate is getting ready for a date with Jane Gallagher, a girl Holden used to play checkers with. He still liked her.

Chapter 5: — turns serious — with story of the death of his brother

We learn this was a Saturday (although that might have been mentioned earlier; or it could have been figured out by the fact they were playing football on an afternoon).

Holden and two friends plan to go to the movies; but don’t; they had already seen that movie.

Back in the room, Holden begins writing the English essay for his roommate.

We learn that Holden has a brother, Allie; he had died in 1946, of leukemia.

The chapter is a sad, sad chapter — the way Holden (Salinger) describes his older brother who had died of leukemia.

Chapter 6: — the fight.

Roommate gets home late with his date, Jane Gallagher; worries Holden.

Roommate and Holden get in a fight. Holden bloodied.

Holden goes to next room to see what Ackley is up to.

Chapter 7: — leaves Pencey to go to NYC

Holden decides to leave Pencey; go to NYC and stay in a hotel until after his parents get the letter that he’s been expelled.

We learn that the hat he bought in one of the earlier chapters is red.

Chapter 8:  — train to NYC; meets mother of a Pencey student

On the train to NYC. Says a lady gets on at Trenton; could be Trenton, PA, or Trenton, NJ, but the latter is better known. An internet source says Salinger went to military prep school in Wayne, PA, southwest of NYC. Interestingly, Trenton, NJ, is midway between Wayne, PA, and NYC. By train, maybe two hours from Wayne, PA (Pencey, PA) to NYC.

“lousy with rocks”, 72: son goes to Pencey, so she must be rich; taking off her gloves, “lousy with rocks,” so these would have been rings with large gems (diamonds, others). She also had orchids, very expensive flowers.

Holden offers her a cigarette and they both smoke, in a non-smoking car.

We learn that the reason Holden would have been going home Wednesday: that was when Christmas vacation started.

The lady got off at Newark, so yes, it was Trenton, NJ.

Mentions summer home in Gloucester, MA.

Chapter 9: Saturday night, late; at hotel; calls girl up — too late to go out.

Gets off at Penn Station.

We learn that Holden has a “kid sister” called Phoebe, who is younger than he is, possibly middle school.

So: Allie (died of leukemia); D.B. (older brother in Hollywood); Holden; Phoebe (younger sister in NYC)

Mentions hotels: Taft, New Yorker, Edmont. From internet: .. The Taft Hotel is on Seventh Avenue between West 50th and 51th streets. The New Yorker Hotel is close to Penn Station, at Eighth Avenue and 34th Street. the Edmont“‘

Faith Cavendish, Stanford Arms Hotel, 65th and Broadway.

Chapter 10: nightclub at the hotel he’s staying at; meets three dumb girls from Seattle

We learn that Phoebe is 10 years old. Fourth grade.

Three girls. He danced with Bernice Krebs; the other two Marty, Laverne.

Chapter 11:  while in hotel nightclub, reminisces about Jane Gallagher.

Remembers Jane (Gallagher) again; he and she had played golf; Holden taught her golf.

Mentions that Jane never met Allie. The opportunity to meet Allie passed because that was the first summery she went to Maine. Usually they went to Cape Cod — a reminder that these were all rich kids.

Holden mentions that everyone saw each other often in “the village.”

Mentions that Jane started crying one day when a male friend of her mother’s was visiting; never find out what made Jane cry. Maybe it reminded her of her dad who was no longer there for some reason.

Takes cab to Ernie’s in Greenwich Village.

Chapter 12: — at Ernie’s.

At Ernies. Served a drink; too dark for anyone to see; no one cared.

Lillian Simmons comes up to him, while sitting alone; used to date Holden’s brother, D. B.

Told Lillian he was going to leave, which he regretted, because he now had to leave.

Chapter 13: — nothing but small conversation with a prostitute

Walked all the way back to the hotel; 41 blocks. Late, late Saturday night, probably early Sunday morning now.

In short time at Ernie’s, had had 3 drinks. Hard to believe, in such a short time. Didn’t finish the last one.

Ten minutes talking to a prostitute. Too depressed to do anything, he said. Probably scared, nervous. A virgin.

Chapter 14: The pimp and the girl return for another $5.

We learn that years earlier when Allie was alive, they lived in Maine.

It’s early Sunday morning (middle of the night).

The pimp and the girl come back asking for another $5. The pimp punches Holden; falls to the ground.

Chapter 15:  breakfast with two nuns at Grand Central Station.

Early Sunday morning; wakes at 10:00 a.m. Gives old girlfriend, Sally Hayes, a call.

Planned to meet at the Biltmore at 2:00 p.m.

Cab to Grand Central Station.

Has breakfast with two nuns who happen to stop at cafe in Grand Central Station.

Chapter 16: If a body catch body coming through the rye.

“If a body catch a body coming through the rye.” — p. 150

Buys a record for his sister Phoebe.

Goes to Central Park and then the Museum of Natural History, looking for her.

Doesn’t find her; gets depressed.

Heads back to the Biltmore for his date with Sally. Not interested now.

Chapter 17: date with Sally.

Begins okay; then goes very, very badly. Obviously a “coming-of-age” story.

Chapter 18: spends Sunday at Radio City Hall after terrible date; waits to see male friend later that evening.

 An incredibly funny book, another example: his address book had only three names in it, including a teacher’s name, and his father’s office number.

Calls up an old friend, three years his senior, who is now at Columbia.

Agree to meet at Wicker Bar at 10:00 p.m. He spends the day at Radio City Hall, live show / movies.

For first time, mentions war movies. First part of book was written before he was in the US Army. Took book with him to Europe and worked on it during the war.

Says his brother D. B. landed on D-Day.

Says Farewell to Arms is a phony. Says D.B. loves The Great Gatsby.

Holden says he is crazy about The Great Gatsby.

Old Gatsby. Old sport.

Chapter 19: lots of sex talk with “Old Luce” at the Wicker Bar

Meets up with “Old Luce” at the Wicker bar; lots of sex talk. Interesting juxtaposition of “old sport” and “Old Luce.” It’s late at night; 10:00 p.m. Sunday night; Old Luce is down from Connecticut; Yale.

Flits and lesbians, p. 186.

Chapter 20: decides to head home to see his younger sister.

Old Luce leaves the Wicker. Holden sticks around til 1:00 a.m. (early Monday morning). Gets drunk. Calls Sally. Wanders around Central Park. Sobers up. Decides to go home. Surprise his sister Phoebe.

Chapter 21: first of three chapters with his sister Phoebe

Chapter 22: second of three chapters with his sister Phoebe

p. 224 — “if a body meet a body coming through the rye” — again, p. 224.

It seems Salinger made Phoebe sound a bit older than she really was; but perhaps it’s possible; some fourth graders — going on fifth grade — I suppose, especially in NYC, can be quite street-smart.

Chapter 23: third of three chapters with his sister Phoebe

Makes phone call to Mr Antolini, his history teacher — at 2:00 a.m.!

Then back to Phoebe’s room to dance with her.

He gets out of the house. Describe’s their mother coming into Phoebe’s room. The book seems to have been written from 1st person perspective but with dialogue between Phoebe and their mother suggests omniscient narrator — is there a problem here?

Chapter 24: visits Mr Antolini; homosexual advance?

At the Antolini’s house; he is married to a much older woman. Antolini is a heavy drinker.

Notes that Holden has grown “another 20 inches.” Salinger was noted for his height.

The Antolinis were still up because they had just thrown a huge party (on a Sunday night?).

p. 224, Mr Antolini writes this down for Holden (Antolini feels Holden will soon destroy himself): “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”

Good paragraph on Antolini’s philosophy/advice on page 246.

Asks about Holden’s two girlfriends: Sally Hayes, and Jane Gallagher.

Again mentions his height; the couch that he will sleep on overnight at Antolini’s was too short for him.

Holden falls asleep, exhausted. Abruptly awokened by Mr Antolini sitting at couchside, stroking Holden’s head. Holden couldn’t get out of their fast enough.

May explain why Antolini married such an older woman.

Chapter 25: perhaps the climax of the book when he meets up with Phoebe; 
says he’s going to leave; she won’t leave him; wants to go with him; he decides to go home with Phoebe; he is very, very happy

Early Monday morning; light just coming up.


Hallucinating? Thinking of his dead brother Allie, talking to him.

Walks to Phoebe’s school (where he also attended elementary school) to give her a note, telling her to meet him at the museum at noon (it was near the school); he was going to leave town; head West.

In the elementary school that someone had written “fuck you” on the wall, and he knew the kids would see it and some pervert would explain to kids what it meant.  Recurring concern about innocence of kids.

Saw another “fuck you” on the wall while leaving the school. Tried to scratch it out with his pen knife.

In the museum; sees another “fuck you.”

Phoebe shows up at the museum; late. She had gone home to pack her clothes; big suitcase; dragging it with her to meet Holden at the museum.

Phoebe refused to leave Holden; refused to go back to school. They went to the zoo.

Then to the carousel.

Grabs his red hunting hat and puts it on her head. Extremely, extremely emotional scene for me. Is this the climax of the book?

He had told he wasn’t going to leave her and he would go home with her and she was so very happy.  Perhaps the climax of the book.

Chapter 26: very, very short epilogue

Page and a half epilogue. Going to a new school next September. Already misses his old “friends” at Pencey.