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kesäkuu 9, 2008, 3:47pm

Welcome. I hope others who value these neglected classics will find the board and want to discuss these books as well.

I have discovered there are few publishing houses that I respect their editorial choices and find they have interests similar to my own. Virago Modern Classics (which has a wonderful and lively group) and New York Review Books. I may not adore every title but I always find the novels and children's books they choose interesting and worth reading.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 4:04pm

I've been buying NYRB Classics (and the Children's Collection) for about five years. The first one I bought was The Anatomy of Melancholy by Burton, and I was hooked, thinking that any modern imprint that would dare to reissue that glorious monster was worth supporting. I found my guess to be correct; NYRB's choices are eclectic, intelligent and shrewd. The imprint is noticeably influenced by certain editorial biases (it is NYRB, after all, leftists always welcome!), but those are usually rendered nugatory by the quality of the books themselves.

Eventually I acquired the entire backlist, and I now pre-order every NYRB Classics volume. I've read about 50 of them so far. Some I'm rather sure I'll never read, like A Book of Mediterranean Food. But the full 200+ volumes lined up on one bookcase looks pretty cool!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 9, 2008, 4:39pm

While I cannot claim to be collecting them, I too have noticed that NYRB seems to have higher standards than most and always gravitate to them at the book store.

My most recent NYRB read was Corrigan by Caroline Blackwood.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 4:14pm

Wow, I was hoping others would join me. I just wasn't sure how quickly. I only have about thirty of the titles about evenly split between the children's classics (of which The Little Bookroom is my favorite) and the classics.

I was just thick enough it took me a while to figure out that a number of my favorite books were from the same publisher and then to start looking for their titles.

I think A Month in the Country was my first volume. I have an incredible fondness for An African in Greenland which I have tried to force on a number of people because Kpomassie has such a unique voice.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 4:18pm

Other than The Anatomy of Melancholy, some of my favorite NYRB reads have been Mawrdew Czgowchwz, the afore-mentioned A Month in the Country and Alfred and Guinevere by James Schuyler. Patrick Leigh Fermor I had come to love before NYRB started reprinting his books, but NYRB has done a real service to literature by bringing him and Richard Hughes back into print.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 9, 2008, 4:38pm

Oh dear jfclark. I am almost finished with A Time of Gifts and I sent my mom A Time to Keep Silence He is a lovely lovely writer.

I also notice they are publishing Tove Jansson's books for grown ups. I had to order my copies of The Summer Book and A Winter Book from England before they were published here.

Oh and I have long been interested in Anatomy of Melancholy I have to move that up my list.

Edited because the touchstones are still not working.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 5:26pm

I don't know that "life changing" is the right descriptor for A Time of Gifts and its sequel Between the Woods and the Water (by Fermor), but they are two of my absolute favorite books, and when I first read them they truly changed the way I approach literature. For the better, of course!

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 5:41pm

Thanks, Maren, for setting up this group! Good idea! I just read one of the NYRB Classics new releases, Tove Jansson's The Summer Book. I've posted my (sort-of) review of it here. The only other NYRB book I currently own is Alexander Berkman's Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (!), but I have a long wish list that includes Sylvia Townsend Warner's Mr. Fortune's Maggot and books by J.G. Farrell. I really enjoyed his The Siege of Krishnapur.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 5:56pm

Thanks for setting up the group, Maren! While I don't think that I necessarily collect NYRB books, I went on a spree and bought twenty just the other day, so I am definitely accumulating NYRB Classics. I have read a couple of theirs that aren't to my taste, so I don't find them as reliable as, for example, Virago or Persephone, but I recognize the thought they put into what they publish. I can't go in blind and buy every book, but I can find many real treasures on their list.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 6:06pm

I am happy to join the group, even though I only own three of them (so far): Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature by Elizabeth Hardwick, Seven Men by Max Beerbohm, and Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny by Papa by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I must say that, even if I did not purchase the books because they were NYRB, I was quickly captivated by the elegance of the edition, and I will acquire more.
Is there a complete list of all their publications to date?

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 9, 2008, 6:26pm

aluvalibri, I just went to their website and there is a complete downloadable list on the right hand column of the page. There is also a suggest a title tab which I find promising although I have not yet suggested something. Maybe a good place to lobby for a reprint of The Brontes Went to Woolworths since Virago isn't reprinting it yet- just for the general public good.

I agree christiguc, there are titles I will pick up and put back if the subject doesn't suit me but they always merit a read of the back cover. I am just happy there is another publisher in the trenches finding interesting things.

Rob I am off to read your review as I adored The Summer Book. Edited to add, you captured the quality of the book Rob, it is like water present and shifting away all the time.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 8:12pm

Marensr - hallo and thank you for setting up the site and it will be challenging to find some of the titles. I was not aware that NYRB actually published books.

It great to see quite a few VMC authors on their list of publications including Christina Stead with Letty Fox: Her Luck.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 8:47pm

Welcome mrspenny, I am glad to see you here. There is a bit of cross over with VMC which is why I thought people might be interested especially if a title has been tricky to find.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 10:10pm

I just checked the copy of Mr. Fortune's Maggot that I bought last week, and it is a NYRB edition! So begins the collection. ;)

Marensr, I like your idea of lobbying for a reprint of The Brontes went to Woolworths.

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 10:38pm

While I don't collect NYRB publications, I do have a number of them, including Siege of Krishnapur and Anatomy of Melancholy. They periodically send me notices of new publications (probably since I'm a subscriber). Very nice works!

kesäkuu 9, 2008, 10:41pm

Oh, I also have The Troubles by J. G. Farrell.

I think their collection has to be more eclectic because their base of readers is so much more diverse.

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 8:35am

#I've often thought about what determines the NYRB Classics publication choices. The choices seem to me to reflect the individual tastes of (several) different editors rather than to be geared to specific reader audiences. For instance, there are a number of books exploring gay themes or by gay authors; there's a Russian strain; a noir strain (Simenon, Sciascia); an early-to-mid-20th century leftist strain (Trilling, Edmund Wilson, Slessinger); and a few others. Those are the types of thematic links that to me betray editorial bias/predilection, as opposed to market research.

There are, of course, a few real oddballs. All told, the breadth of the collection demonstrates a lot more intellectual diversity than the magazine does.

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 8:59am

I like the idea of lobbying for "The Bronte's went to Woolworths", too. Just wanted to make sure every saw there is a link to recommend out-of-print title reprints on the first page of the NYRB website:

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 9:19am


kesäkuu 10, 2008, 3:08pm

And done again! I also put in a plug to add LT on their list of favourite places. (Also mentioned our new group!!)

I've loved these editions for years! Excellent idea, Marensr, for creating this group. I have The Furies by Janet Hobhouse (one of my very favourites having read it 3 times), The Dud Avacado, Black Sun by Geoffrey Wolff and Manservant and Maidservant. After browsing their list, I see even more wonderful titles!

Marise, are you familiar with the bio of Cariline Blackwood titled A Dangerous Muse? It's a good one!

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 3:14pm

Hi to all of you. Thanks for the invite to join the group. Please do not feel inhibited by my being a fly on your wall. Criticize or compliment all you want!

I'm glad that so many of you have found Tove Jansson's Summer Book. We'll most likely be publishing some of her other books for adults in the future.

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 3:27pm

Hi sarajill, Thank you for joining us. Some of you may not yet realize but sarajill is an editor for NYRB. I hope you don't mind that we may be organizing a group effort to get you to publish The Brontes Went to Woolworths.

I will always be happy to see more works by Tove Jansson she deserves a wider world audience.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 10, 2008, 3:41pm

>21 nyrbclassics: Welcome, sarajill. I hope you join in our discussions.

I am embarrassed to say that I only recently learned that Tove Jansson wrote books for adults, but happy to know that I can get at least one of them through NYRB! My boys loved the Moomintroll books when they were younger.

>20 bleuroses: bleu, I haven't read the bio of Caroline Blackwood, must add it to my wishlist!

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 4:12pm

Snobbery, I guess, but I like the David Park NYRB cover for Cassandra at the Wedding better than the chick-lit Virago cover. Another book for my NYRB wishlist!

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 4:29pm

You're right, Rob, I like it better, too. In fact, I really don't like the chick lit type covers that so many books seem to have right now. Think how dated they will look in a few years, too.

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 4:52pm

Sarajill: Welcome! I'm glad to see that the last batch of forthcoming 2008 NYRB releases are up on the web site. They'd been listed on Amazon for a couple of months, and, since I'm obsessive about such things, I'd already pre-ordered them, but nice to see the descriptions finally! Especially nice to see the firm revisit some old areas of interest, such as the Napoloenic era.

I also note that a few 2009 releases are already listed on Amazon, including a couple by Peter Handke and School for Love by Olivia Manning.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 10, 2008, 10:14pm

And how exciting that James Thurber's The 13 Clocks is available this summer. I wish I could buy copies for everyone I know! My wife and I actually read it out loud to each other on our honeymoon. From time to time, when she's feeling lethargic and unproductive, she'll say, "I'm such a blob of glup." To which I respond, "The oyster is a blob of glup, but a woman is a woman."

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 10, 2008, 9:42pm

sarajill also writes alot of what has become my favorite publisher blog.

And I've been a Tove Jansson fan ever since the day my best friend dragged her mother into the Barbie section of a toy store, leaving me alone in the small area they had for children's books, where I found Moominsummer Madness! I've been an addict ever since!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 11, 2008, 1:22am

#24 The cover of the original Virago edition contained a detail from "L'Infante Egaree" by Marion Adnams and is very stark and beautiful. The modern covers cannot compare with them.

kesäkuu 10, 2008, 11:40pm

So true, mrspenny!

kesäkuu 11, 2008, 8:06am

mrspenny, I think I have the original Virago, and I like the cover.
Welcome sarajill! I hope you will enjoy yourself here with us.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 11, 2008, 9:12am

Re the Cassandra at the Wedding cover—the book is actually dedicated to David Park, who painted that painting. Dorothy's Baker's children put me in touch with David Park's children, who shared some memories of their parents' hanging out together. Both groups of kids were pretty great.

I hadn't seen the new Virago edition, and though I'm clearly biased, I must say that it's awful, embarrassing really! If you don't offend easily, check out this Radar spoof of the chick-litization of some classic books (including The Diary of Ann Frank). Hilarious.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 11, 2008, 9:48am

welcome sarajill -

the site re chick-lit is amusing but I suppose the argument can be put forward that if the cover design encourages young women to read literature then it has served its purpose notwithstanding some of the ghastly designs.

kesäkuu 11, 2008, 12:34pm

28 southernbooklady, I love the Moomin books. I found them as an adult but they made me feel like I was reading them for the first time as a child. They simply don't get the recognition they deserve in the states. I mentioned it in a Virago thread but I think an author that can write well for both children and adults doesn't condescend to either group.

Book covers, oh dear. I really do have a prejudice against the chick lit style covers. Radar spoof is not far off. It reminds me a bit of the mild furor that was created when the American movie cover for film adaptation of Persuasion was released with models rather than the actors in a sort of romance cover pose. Horrid.

kesäkuu 11, 2008, 12:45pm author that can write well for both children and adults doesn't condescend to either group.

Maren, yes! I think this is true of Rumer Godden as well, whose An Episode of the Sparrows is published by NYRB. I wonder if NYRB would reprint any other of her books (some of which, like her marvelous The Greengage Summer and The Diddakoi, are only available on Amazon as British imports).

kesäkuu 11, 2008, 12:50pm

That's funny Rob. My mom is sending me In this House of Brede so I am soon to be reading some Godden. This is her exchange because I sent her Frost in May and A Time to Keep Silence.

Now I will have to pick up An Episode of Sparrows as well.

I have a feeling we will be using that recommend titles button on the NYRB site frequently when we get going.

kesäkuu 11, 2008, 1:04pm

This group is a great idea! I've recently become obsessed with NYRB Classics - found a lot of good authors I'd never heard of Haven't read that many so far, but the TBR list increased substantially. I also just ordered a batch from the website, including The Summer Book. One of the books I bought was by Sciascia and NYRB has several by him. Has anyone read any of his works? What did you think?

kesäkuu 12, 2008, 8:07am

#37> DieFledermaus, I read a few od Sciascia's books in my younger days. In Italy he was famous for the anti-mafia positions he took in his books. He is an excellent writer, with a language I would define 'unadorned and concise' but very effective. I hope the English translation does him justice.

kesäkuu 12, 2008, 10:42am

I'm so glad I found this group because I'm a big NYRB fan, although not a collector per se. First discovered them when I bought A Time of Gifts and From the Woods to the Water after reading a profile of Patrick Leigh Fermor in "The New Yorker" and have been avidly reading them ever since (some of my favorites are listed in the Favorite NYRB thread).

If you get on their mailing list (from the web site), you will get announcements of new titles AND discount offerings!

kesäkuu 12, 2008, 12:13pm

37 DieFledermaus, Sciascia's titles have often been on my possible purchase list but have been edged out by other titles. I would love to here what you think of his work.

38 rebeccanyc, I am glad you joined us.

kesäkuu 12, 2008, 1:16pm

Hi, rebeccanyc, glad to see you here.

kesäkuu 12, 2008, 2:02pm

Thanks, I love NYRB books -- wish I'd thought of the idea of a group myself!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 18, 2008, 2:20pm

>35 rbhardy3rd:, 36 -- I was just entering books the other day and pulled up all my Rumer Goddens I haven't read in years, plus a 3 book anthology found a a thrift store last week. It contains An Episode of Sparrows, The Greengage Summer, and The Battle of the Villa Fiorita. I love her children's books also -- all the doll stories! One I don't own is In This House of Brede, though I remember enjoying it.

One I'm dying to read but haven't run across is Cromartie v. the God Shiva acting through the government of India.

kesäkuu 18, 2008, 7:13pm

#35, #36 How interesting that you mention Rumer Godden. I was just considering nominating The Greengage Summer for Virago. I have a Folio edition (don't groan people). It's quite well-done and includes introductory essays by one of the young actresses in the movie version as well as by one of Godden's children? nieces? I forget which now. The essays are almost aas fascinating as the book. One book that I like (although I wouldn't put it in the literature with a capital "L") is Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge. The novel is charming, dated, and probably wouldn't pass the responsible feminist reading test, but I still enjoy it. The book is an unabashed romance, but a gentle one. I first discovered it at my grandmother's house when I was a little girl. I read voraciously then as now. I remember feeling as if I had discovered treasure, since my grandmother''s library consisted in the main of scholarly (and dry) theological texts. Occasionally, I run into others, who say with an air of surprise, "Oh, you know that book too? I love it." A movie version of the book exists - your typical 1940's sentimental romance with Lana Turner. Interestingly, one of the songs from the movie has been recorded by Miles Davis and others.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 18, 2008, 10:13pm

Urania1, I am also fond of Green Dolphin Street, and Elizabeth Goudge in general. She is another who successfully crosses the line between adult fiction and children's fiction.

kesäkuu 18, 2008, 10:14pm

OK! It seems Green Dolphin Street goes on the wish list too.....sigh......;-)

kesäkuu 18, 2008, 11:04pm

Oh aluvalibri, we're both in the same boat. So many books, such a short time to read them all.

P.S. Did you get my e-mail?

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 19, 2008, 1:24am

Urania1, just in case you aren't aware and may want to join, there is a Folio editions group right here on LT. I even think a number of people in this group belong to it! ;-)

I quite like Rumer Godden. Read her frequently while a mere lass because she wrote about both ballet (my personal avocation at the time) and nuns (the life path chosen by a large number of my female relations). Sometimes even in tandem! Later I liked her because of the Powell-Pressburger connection. I don't think she's an especially good match for NYRB though. Virago or Persephone is more like it (it's her essential conservatism, her distrust of what is new, radical or unproved, not her gender or the gender of her main characters that makes me think she's somehow fundamentally wrong for the NYRB imprint).

kesäkuu 19, 2008, 12:36pm


I'd have to agree with you about the NYRB comment. I think she would fit better in Virago or Persephone. NYRB tends more to "Literature." I would say the same for Goudge and Green Dolphin Street although I encourage everyone to listen to Miles Davis rendition of On Green Dolphin Street

kesäkuu 19, 2008, 2:05pm

urania1, yesterday, upon your suggestion, I looked for (and found) an old copy of Green Dolphin Street, with a lovely old-fashioned dust jacket.

kesäkuu 19, 2008, 7:54pm

Oh how wonderful. I have an old copy but no dust-jacket. Let me know how you like it.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 21, 2008, 3:21pm

This week I received The Dud Avacado and A Way of Life, Like Any Other from a dear LT friend!! (Thank you, you know who you are!!!) It is tough to choose which to read first, but what a wonderful dilemma!

eta: that makes my total NYRBs 9, far behind most of you, I'm afraid, but only the beginning I hope.

kesäkuu 21, 2008, 4:30pm

Yesterday, at the library sale, I found As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo, an Italian classic, in perfect condition!

P.S. Touchstones, once again, DO NOT WORK!!!!!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 21, 2008, 8:13pm

My sister-in-law collects hardback Elizabeth Goudge novels. She has almost all of them now except The Golden Skylark.

She understands my Virago and Persephone obsessions!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 21, 2008, 8:27pm

aluvalibri, how funny! Today I saw a book by Italo Svevo at my local used bookstore. I almost bought it but didn't because I knew nothing about the writer.

kesäkuu 21, 2008, 9:57pm

urania1, Italo Svevo is a great writer. He was contemporary and great friend of James Joyce. In fact, Joyce lived and taught English in Trieste, Svevo's hometown, for many years.
The Italian title of As a Man Grows Older is Senilita`. His other very famous book is La Coscienza di Zeno.
I think you should go back and buy it. Tomorrow I shall go back to the library sale, and if I see something I think you might be interested in, I shall get it for you. I was actually on the lookout for a copy of House of Liars by Elsa Morante, one of my favourite books, but no luck!

kesäkuu 21, 2008, 10:29pm

aluvalibri - thank you for the information regarding Italian authors - it is most informative.

kesäkuu 21, 2008, 10:43pm

You are very welcome, my dear friend.
Unfortunately, I am not up to date with the most recent authors. The few things I have read are not really to my taste, with rare exceptions.
One of these exceptions is Andrea Camilleri, both with his 'Commissario Montalbano' series and with his other books, most of which, alas, have not been translated into English yet. A pity, as they are excellent, original, and very entertaining.
Another book I really enjoyed, when I read it a few years ago, is Q by Luther Blissett. The author is not a person but a group of people who adopted a nom de plume to write fiction. Q is a historical novel, very well written and researched.

syyskuu 4, 2008, 9:37am

I'm a bit late to join, but I just got my first New York Review Books: Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant. I also looked at the site and saw several more overlaps that I have in my collection, though by a different publisher: Memoirs of Montparnasse by John Glassco, The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, and Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David. I saw several more that I would like to get...thanks for the introduction!

syyskuu 18, 2008, 8:55am

I've recently finished Raymond Queneau's Witch Grass and it's one of the most engaging books I've read this year. Queneau is often considered the father of French Postmodernism (or at least a seminal figure) and this novel is one of his best: involving, intriguing and funny!

lokakuu 28, 2008, 7:24am

BookCulture, an independent book store in NYC that I frequent, is having another NYRB sale, both in the store and online.

marraskuu 10, 2008, 7:52pm

Thanks for the heads-up rebecca, though it was a bit hard not to get carried away - a lot of ones that I wanted on sale.

maaliskuu 2, 2009, 5:26pm

I got an e-mail that NYRB is having a 40% off winter sale on selected titles. Unfortunately, I already own a lot of the books that are on sale.

kesäkuu 18, 2009, 8:49pm

NYRB says that Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer by Ernst Weiss is "forthcoming". Does anybody know when? I want it and haven't been able to find it anywhere. :( (Patience is a constant battle for me).

heinäkuu 17, 2009, 7:52am

Georg Letham:Physician and Murderer is also on my TB list - its being published by Archipelago Books. The release date has been put back until early 2010, but you can already read an excerpt from the book on the site:

In the meantime, try the two Ernst Weiss titles available from Pushkin Press, if you haven't got them already, Franziska and Jarmila.

heinäkuu 17, 2009, 8:43am

The first batch of 2010 NYRB Classics releases has been "announced" (i.e., Amazon has the titles, covers and release dates):

Wish Her Safe at Homes--Stephen Benatar
Skylark--Dezso Kosztolanyi
Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History--Sigfried Giedion
The Wedding of Zein--Tayeb Salih
Clandestine in Chile--Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Original Letters from India--Eliza Fay
Poets in a Landscape--Gilbert Highet

This is a typically eclectic batch. I find it nice to see that NYRB continues to release books on poets and poetry (i.e., the Highet volume).

If previous release patterns hold up, the next batch (with release dates in late spring-summer 2010) will be "announced" in the fall.

heinäkuu 17, 2009, 12:49pm

I posted this in another thread, but I'm very excited about several of the NYRBs that are scheduled for later this year, including a new collection by Mavis Gallant and a new novel by Vassily Grossman.

heinäkuu 23, 2009, 9:42pm

Question: I recently picked up a Pushkin Press edition of Stefan Zweig's novellas that includes "The Royal Game." How does NYRB's Chess Story differ from "The Royal Game?" Assuming they are the same story, how does Chess Story justify a volume all its own? Does anybody know?

marraskuu 17, 2009, 10:36pm

This may be old news to some of you but I just noticed that NYRB is having a 25% off all Classic sale through November 30.

joulukuu 12, 2009, 10:17am

Ursula K. Le Guin gave Tove Jansson's True Deceiver a really amazing review in the Guardian today. It's wonderful when someone else can articulate much better than you would ever be able to, the magic of a book:

"The unfolding of their story through vivid contrast and interplay of truthfulness and deceit, purity and complexity, ice and thaw, winter and spring, makes the most beautiful and satisfying novel I have read this year."

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 20, 2009, 10:45pm

Tove Jansson's The True Deceiver is set to be BBC4's "Book at Bedtime" starting December 28th in ten 15-minute episodes. You can listen to the radio rebroadcast for up to a week after the airing online here.

joulukuu 24, 2009, 3:00pm

I am almost finished with The True Deceiver. I hope NYRB decides to put out editions of some of her other novels for adults. Old editions are available online at Abe's, but no new translations have been done recently. If I were still teaching ethics, I would use this book in my class. Alas, I am not, much to my despair.

tammikuu 7, 2010, 1:39pm

Although this'll probably hurt my chances. . .

I hope you all notice that NYRB currently has two books (30 copies) posted in Member Giveaways here.

tammikuu 7, 2010, 3:26pm

You don't have to worry about me, they're US only. :(

tammikuu 7, 2010, 6:41pm

I requested one, but doubt I shall get it.

tammikuu 18, 2010, 10:04pm

Urania did you read The Summer Book or A Winter Book: Selected Stories by Tove Jansson ?

Both are fantastic but The Summer Book is my favorite and I know there is a NYRB edition of it. Then again I am not neutral about Jansson. I think she is wonderful and subtle and has been too long neglected by an American audience. I had to order British editions until NYRB started printing translations.

tammikuu 18, 2010, 10:18pm

>76 Marensr: Maren,

No I have not read the Tove Jansson books you have listed. I must check them out.

helmikuu 2, 2010, 8:35pm

78 Oh yes you must. Let me know if you read them.

helmikuu 4, 2010, 5:00pm

>76 Marensr:—and we have some more Tove Jansson books coming. 1st up is Fair Play (my favorite of her novels thus far). Thomas Teal (who also translated the other Jansson books we've done) just won the Bernard Shaw prize for his translation of it.

helmikuu 5, 2010, 1:26pm

NYRB should do special editions of the Moomin stories!

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 9, 2010, 4:00pm

Two NYRB titles in the Early Reviewer list this month: an Elizabeth Hardwick story collection (New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick) and a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I am very excited about the Hardwick title! She's from Kentucky, and her novel was excellent.

helmikuu 12, 2010, 5:52pm

79 Teal's award is well deserved.

80 inaudible there are nice versions of the comic strips of the Moomins that are now available but you are right the children's books need better versions than the flimsy paperbacks.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 12, 2010, 7:56pm

NYRB should do an edition of Jansson's Sculptor's Daughter -- an autobiography and wickedly expensive in OP editions.

helmikuu 16, 2010, 6:18pm

My independent bookseller friend Jerry has three new copies of The Go-Between in stock for half price, if anyone would like to scoop them up here. I've already bought mine!

huhtikuu 4, 2010, 6:49am

I got a message on Feb. 4th, 2010 informing I snagged a copy of Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning through the MemberGiveAway program. It hasn't shown up yet. Does anyone know if the LT member jmoorad is officially connected with NYRB? That's the name on my notice. I'll read it even if that copy doesn't arrive. Just wondering if anyone else received theirs. I think there were 15 copies offered.

huhtikuu 4, 2010, 7:34am

I hope you get it somehow, VisibleGhost. It is a wonderful, wonderful book!

huhtikuu 5, 2010, 6:21pm

85> I didn't get my copy either. Oh well!

huhtikuu 6, 2010, 8:55am

#85> VisibleGhost, a month ago I received a book I had snagged ONE YEAR before! At that point, I thought it was lost in the mail.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 6, 2010, 3:31pm

I received my May 2009 ER book yesterday (not an NYRB, however).

huhtikuu 8, 2010, 9:41pm

My ER book arrived yesterday it is The New York Stories Elizabeth Hardwick it seemed like they were a bit slower this time. I hope yours arrives VisibleGhost.

huhtikuu 9, 2010, 11:31am

Hi all, just to let you know, most of the ER books we offer are supplied by our distributor, which is Random House. I'm not entirely sure how they fulfill the orders, but it seems like it takes a while for them to get the books out. I'm sorry that this has frequently been a slow process.

huhtikuu 16, 2010, 10:25am

nyrbclassics, until I finish my review I don't think I have room to criticize the distributor for being slow especially when I am getting a delightful free book.

huhtikuu 16, 2010, 3:51pm

It's not really criticism! Well, at any rate, it's good for us here to know, so that we can do what we can to make sure the books we've promised you get up and out.

huhtikuu 30, 2010, 2:19pm

I just wanted to pass along news of something called the Spotlight Series, which has selected NYRB Classics as the next press for its "Blog Tour":

"On a rotating schedule, we will put the spotlight on a small press publisher that we feel deserves your attention. We'll let you know the publisher several weeks before the spotlight goes on so that you can browse the catalog and choose a book to read. Then, over a two-week period, all participating bloggers will post their reviews of books by that publisher and word will spread from there! This Spotlight Series page will serve as HQ- come here to link to your review, find out more information on the publisher, see author and publisher interviews, enter contests, win prizes and cavort with your indie-lovin' pals."

Unfortunately, this is the last day to sign up for the NYRB focus (I should have posted this earlier). But you should check it out anyway:

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 7, 2010, 5:52pm

toukokuu 10, 2010, 6:20pm

I still have not received my copy of Clandestine in Chile that I won in the February batch of Early Review books.

kesäkuu 7, 2010, 10:48pm

There's an article about Elaine Dundy in the latest issue of the Believer.

kesäkuu 8, 2010, 2:14pm

Two fun things:

1) The Way of the World is a possible New Yorker book club selection. Last day to vote is today, unfortunately.

2) We're giving away a Thoreau baseball tshirt. Just comment on our blog with your favorite passage from HDT's Journal to be entered.

kesäkuu 9, 2010, 2:59pm

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux are publishing hardbacks of all Tove Jansson's Moomintroll books except Moomins and the Great Flood:

kesäkuu 10, 2010, 3:15pm

That's great news agmlll!

kesäkuu 13, 2010, 5:09am

I listened to a CD of Noël Coward's operetta Bitter Sweet after reading about it in Wish Her Safe at Home and thought it was very good. It should be performed more often.

kesäkuu 15, 2010, 11:34am

>>agmill—that's great, we'll have to let Mr. Benatar know, I'm sure he'd be pleased to hear it.

kesäkuu 23, 2010, 4:37pm

My Early Review copy of Clandestine in Chile arrived yesterday!

kesäkuu 28, 2010, 10:23am

Check out the lovely NYRB cover of The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne – a sumptuous treat for those who love fabric.

kesäkuu 28, 2010, 12:42pm

Forthcoming books that I really, really, REALLY want NYRB to release on Kindle:

The Outward Room
The World as I Found I
Tun Huang
After Claude

Love's Work*****

kesäkuu 30, 2010, 1:59pm

>>Urania, We'll see. I think we have rights to most of these. Things are strange in the rights world though—the Wylie Agency (who has an excellent list of authors and estates) has just declared that they aren't licensing an ebooks to publishers for the time being. So there's only so much we can do.

PM me if you find any oddities in the our Kindle ebooks. I'd like to know how you're finding them. Thanks!

kesäkuu 30, 2010, 2:29pm

What happened to Mechanization Takes Command? I thought it had a June publishing date. Now I can't seem to find it on the NYRB site.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 5, 2010, 2:57pm

There was a discussion of Vasily Grossman on the NPR radio show 'On the Media' yesterday.

I'm waiting until the winter to read Everything Flows.

heinäkuu 4, 2010, 4:27pm

Oh, I will have to look for that. Grossman is one of my favorite authors.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 2, 2010, 2:06am

Sorry nyrb, this post isn't about NYRB's, but may be of interest to NYRB readers.

The University of Chicago Press offers one free ebook from its catalog each month. They pick; you don't. Up to now and perhaps in the future, these all had to be read on the Adobe Digital Editions platform (free but different from Adobe Reader). But this month they are offering the first volume of Anthony Powell's 12-volume very long novel A Dance to the Music of Time in a variety of e-book formats for free. I just downloaded my freebie from Amazon. Oh and for those of you who prefer the physical format, that will be available as well (for the December offering). There's a promo code for the physical book at the bottom of this post, but I don't know if that's specific to me. So please don't use it. But you can go to and sign up for your own free account. Here's the message U of C P sent me.

Since you previously requested a free e-book from the University of Chicago Press, we thought you'd like to know about the December free e-book selection. (If you prefer not to hear about future e-books from Chicago, you may unsubscribe below.)

Anthony Powell’s universally acclaimed epic A Dance to the Music of Time offers a matchless panorama of twentieth-century London. Now, for the first time in decades, you can read the books of Dance as they were originally published—as twelve individual novels—but with a twenty-first-century twist: the individual novels are available only as e-books. And in the month of December, the first novel, A Question of Upbringing, is free!

Get your free e-book edition of A Question of Upbringing during the month of December.

During the month of December, all Dance volumes—physical and e-book—are 30% off! Use promo code DANCE30.

And, this month, gifted in more formats! The 12 volumes of Dance to the Music of Time are being released this month in the Kindle, B&N Digital, Sony, and Borders e-book stores. And the first novel, A Question of Upbringing, is free in all those stores through the end of December! Happy Holidays!

P.S. Powell isn't to everybody's taste but this is a chance to try him out for free.

toukokuu 18, 2011, 10:47am

The NYRB Classics blog, A Different Stripe, has moved. We're still finding our feet with it, but with any luck we'll be posting there a bit more.

toukokuu 22, 2011, 10:51pm

I put my NY Review Books on my blogroll, along with other cool publishers like Taschen and Green Integer. NYRB Classics is something that needs to be lauded and evangelized. The people need to know where the good stuff is!

toukokuu 25, 2011, 7:54pm


Muokkaaja: toukokuu 25, 2011, 7:54pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

heinäkuu 20, 2012, 10:39am

I received an e-mail that NYRB is having a 40% off summer sale!

heinäkuu 20, 2012, 11:20am


heinäkuu 20, 2012, 11:30am

Unfortunately, they've put together groups of books to be bought together, and I think I already have at least one book in each group that interests me!

heinäkuu 20, 2012, 6:16pm

Individual books are a quarter off though. I have enough books on order elsewhere right now to keep me through the rest of the year (if I continue to play a lot of Bejewlled). Still I'm tempted.


heinäkuu 23, 2013, 4:21pm

Guess what? Our annual Summer Sale is on now.

heinäkuu 24, 2013, 1:28am

I got through my order, qualifying for a free shopping bag, as far as shipping costs and deleted my credit card number.


heinäkuu 24, 2013, 6:45am

I guess the shipping costs to the UK will be rather prohibitive..... :(

heinäkuu 24, 2013, 7:00am

Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I already own so many NYRBs that I have one or more of the books in each of the collections I'd be interested in!

elokuu 16, 2013, 2:38am

Here is an interesting article from the e-zine Swedish Book Review for fans of Tove Jansson.
I didn't realize she had written so many books for adults. A couple of the titles have only recently been translated into English for the first time.