Tag: Literature

Library Stories: Edward Halpern

Posted on 28/05/2015

In Library Stories we investigate the tales behind your book collections and book rooms, visiting the homes of Folio members, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. If you have a Library St …

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The Deathly Appeal of Edgar Allan Poe

Posted on 17/04/2015

How fear runs through his timeless short stories, and his only completed novel. ‘Horror and fatality’, writes Poe in ‘Metzengerstein’, his first published short story, ‘have been stalking abroad in al …

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Library Stories: Peter Huffam

Posted on 27/03/2015

In Library Stories we investigate the tales behind your book collections and book rooms, visiting the homes of Folio members, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. If you have a Library St …

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Illustrating Folly

Posted on 26/11/2014

Artist Matthew Richardson on how he created a visual rhetoric to match Erasmus’s In Praise of Folly. Folly of Clergy The most striking feature of Eramus’ writing is his use of rhetoric in recasting an …

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Pride and Prejudice | For the love of books

Posted on 24/11/2014

Find the books you love at foliosociety.com. Few books are as loved as Jane Austen’s sublime comedy of more and manners. Here illustrated by award-winning artists Anna and Elena Balbusso. Sebastian Fa …

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The Wind in the Willows | For the love of books

Posted on 24/11/2014

Find the books you love at foliosociety.com. Artist Charles van Sandwyk breathes new life into Kenneth Grahame’s enchanting story – The Wind in the Willows is one of our all-time bestsellers. #lovefol …

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The Tomb of Tutankhamun | For the love of books

Posted on 24/11/2014

Find the books you love at foliosociety.com. Howard Carter’s gripping account of his 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb is presented alongside a separate volume of the treasures by celebrated photog …

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A Clockwork Orange | For the love of books

Posted on 24/11/2014

Find the books you love at foliosociety.com. Anthony Burgess’s spellbinding novel with an introduction from Irvine Welsh and imaginative new illustrations by Ben Jones. #lovefoliobooks Read more about …

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Artist Bill Bragg on illustrating Trollope

Posted on 11/11/2014

Bill Bragg, illustrator of the Folio Society’s new editions of The Warden and Barchester Towers, talks about depicting Trollope’s ingenious characterisations. One of Braggs’s illustrations in The Foli …

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Library Stories | James Howland Beers

Posted on 30/10/2014

In Library Stories we investigate the tales behind your book collections and book rooms, visiting the homes of Folio members, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. If you have a Library St …

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Library Stories | James Howland Beers

Posted on 30/10/2014

In Library Stories we investigate the tales behind your book collections and book rooms, visiting the homes of Folio members, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. If you have a Library St …

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Ewan Clayton on illustrating In Parenthesis

Posted on 06/10/2014

Ewan Clayton. (© Geoffrey Morgan, with permission of the David Jones Estate) When I began to work on my illustrations for David Jones’s In Parenthesis I was acutely aware that I was treading on hallow …

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Clare Mulley on Hide and Seek

Posted on 01/10/2014

This month The Folio Society republished one of the great memoirs of the Second World War: Xan Fielding’s Hide and Seek. Described by Antony Beevor as, ‘one of the great modern books not just of the C …

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Seeking Out Xan Fielding ׀ Part Two

Posted on 26/09/2014

Stories beyond the pages, and unpublished material Engaging with experts and enthusiasts who have a personal connection to a text allows you to uncover the many layers of a story. In the course of my …

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Library Stories | Anne P. Fenton

Posted on 23/09/2014

In Library Stories we investigate the tales behind your book collections and book rooms, visiting the homes of Folio members, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. If you have a Library St …

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Library Stories | Anne P. Fenton

Posted on 23/09/2014

In Library Stories we investigate the tales behind your book collections and book rooms, visiting the homes of Folio members, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world. If you have a Library St …

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The human side of Nineteen Eighty-Four

Posted on 03/09/2014

I first read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in my early twenties. I was struck by its powerful ideas and have found them impossible to shake off. The book creates a brutal world in which an oppr …

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Howard Carter’s journey to Tutankhamun

Posted on 28/08/2014

Howard Carter is well known for his discovery of the treasure-filled tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. But by then, Carter had already dedicated 30 years to the study of Egyptology, acquiring the skills he …

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Seeking Out Xan Fielding ׀ Part One

Posted on 27/08/2014

Making contacts Blogs are great social networking platforms, and for a Picture Editor they are also an excellent source of information.   Xan Fielding disguised as a Cretan shepherd, c.1942. (Sir …

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Family Gems ׀ The Surgeon of Crowthorne

Posted on 21/08/2014

  William Chester Minor seated in the grounds at Broadmoor, 1890s. (Minor Family Archives) For a Picture Editor, it is truly exhilarating when you unearth a gem. My ‘gem’, or rather ‘gems’, were …

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The Letterpress Shakespeare in New York

Posted on 26/06/2014

The Letterpress Shakespeare at the Official Residence of the British Consul General in New York City On 18 June, The Folio Society held its first official press launch outside of the UK with an evenin …

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Michael Dirda on American Fiction

Posted on 15/05/2014

Survey the literature of the United States and one emblematic figure occurs again and again: the loner. Deep down, every American male would like to be Clint Eastwood, standing quietly on a dusty stre …

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Jonathan Burton on Illustrating Fiction

Posted on 15/05/2014

When interpreting a book, an illustrator has to balance his own imagination with the responsibility he has to the story and the reader. In my own work, to avoid being over-imposing, I allow certain ch …

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William Butcher on In Translation

Posted on 15/05/2014

Five different languages gave birth to Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Albert Camus’s The Outsider, Ivan Turgenev’s First Love, Mario Vargas Llosa’s The War of the End of the World and …

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Steve Erickson on From Book to Film

Posted on 15/05/2014

Spanning 128 years and three or four different genres, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy an …

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John Sutherland on World Fiction

Posted on 15/05/2014

The GBP – the Great British Public – is undergoing a historic change in its reading practices. The canary in the cage evidence is in the 2014 literary prizes. The Folio Prize went to a brilliant Ameri …

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My favourite bookshop: Rye Books, East Dulwich

Posted on 09/05/2014

One of my favourite bookshops is Rye Books in East Dulwich. I often pop in to browse around, and I am always impressed by the expertly curated selection of books on display. This made me curious as to …

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Documenting the Spanish Civil War | Part One

Posted on 07/03/2014

A conversation with Raffaella Morini, picture researcher Earlier this week I caught up with Italian-born picture researcher Raffaella Morini to discuss the sterling work she performed for our upcoming …

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Documenting the Spanish Civil War | Part One

Posted on 07/03/2014

A conversation with Raffaella Morini, picture researcher Earlier this week I caught up with Italian-born picture researcher Raffaella Morini to discuss the sterling work she performed for our upcoming …

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Don't talk to me about life!

Posted on 28/02/2014

Jon Canter, introducer of Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams, refers to himself as a ‘comedy butler’, having written for some of Britain’s finest comedians, including Dawn French, Step …

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Don’t talk to me about life!

Posted on 28/02/2014

Jon Canter, introducer of Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams, refers to himself as a ‘comedy butler’, having written for some of Britain’s finest comedians, including Dawn French, Step …

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My Library

Posted on 19/02/2014

Former Editorial Director Sue Bradbury takes us on a tour of her bookshelves and describes how important books are to her home. I cannot imagine living without books. They are the best company in the …

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What are your five meaningful books?

Posted on 31/01/2014

Author of The Copper Promise and Folio Membership Secretary Jen Williams discusses the five books that have had the most impact on her. A while ago on Twitter, looking to speed up a tedious bus journe …

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