[ilds] Great Alexandria Quartet for Sale

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Thu Apr 24 17:45:29 PDT 2008

The truth to tell, I already have these four volumes, underlined and 
annotated by me, in 1961.

Why do I buy even more?


At 06:51 PM 4/24/2008, you wrote:
>william godshalk wrote:
> > Yes, but, still, and at the same time, these books remind me of the
> > first time I read /Justine -- /and couldn't wait to finish the Quartet.
> > I did place a bid -- for nostalgia's sake. Nothin wrong with a little
> > nostalgia, I say.
> >
>I agree with Bill.  Those volumes provoke nostalgia with a sharpness
>only appropriate to books where memory is so important.  I first read a
>university friend's copies of the Quartet in hard cover.  Then I bought
>my own copies in these same paperback editions.  I still remember
>vividly the sight, touch, and texture of those volumes as I read and
>re-read them on the bus to my summer job and later on the subway to my
>night job.  (And envying a co-worker who had been to Paris the previous
>summer and brought back the Olympia Black Book.)  I have a lot of
>memories associated with my early reading of the Quartet.  I'll spare
>you, though.
>As for bidding on these volumes, I was lucky enough to find similar
>copies of all but Mountolive the last time I was in New York City.  The
>Strand Book Store had them on one of the bargain bins at a quarter each.
>Philip Walsh
>Ottawa, Canada
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