Thursday, July 23, 2015
Thursday Bookshelf - PL-SH
Jasper Ridley, his book on Thomas More was the first one I read that didn't portray him as a saint. Unsuitable for Ladies by Jane Robinson is a great anthology of intrepid women travellers. Phyllis Rose's Parallel Lives is a wonderful biography of five Victorian marriages & Christina Rossetti is one of my favourite poets, although none of my copies are bound in limp green suede like Winifred Malory's.
I read a lot of May Sarton about 20 years ago - maybe one day I'll get back to her. I was disappointed to learn from a biography that she wasn't really the solitary person she portrayed her self to be in her memoirs &, however unreasonable it might be, I haven't been able to read her since. I've kept the books though. I love Siegfried Sassoon's Sherston trilogy & his poetry.Then there's the beginning of Dorothy L Sayers ...
Sir Walter Scott on this shelf along with Sellars & Yeatman's 1066 and all that, Desmond Seward, another historical biographer. I remember reading his Wars of the Roses, which is, I think, his best book, on the bus on the way to work one winter when my car was being repaired. It's a group biography of five people from the Wars, including Margaret Beaufort & the Earl of Oxford. Then, the beginnings of the Shakespeare collection. I've shelved Shakespeare criticism here because I don't think I would ever remember the authors.
Don't forget to click on the photos to see the whole shelf.
Next week, Shakespeare to Sutherland.