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Books I most want to buy/read:

March 21, 2012

(Refers only to books I don’t currently own):

L. Frank Baum

  • The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors (Chicago: Show Window Press, 1890).

(In spite of the author, this has never been reprinted, and I’ve dropped out of eBay auctions for an original when it went over $80.  Stuart Culver (wrongheadedly, I think) bases his entire literary theory on Baum to this virtually unavailable book.)

  • Tamawaca Folks (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press)
  • Phoebe Daring (Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1912) (Hungry Tiger Press announced this as Unjustly Accused!, but it has yet to be made for sale on their website.)
  • The Uplift of Lucifer/The Corrugated Giant (Manuel Weldman, 1958)
  • Aunt Jane’s Nieces in the Red Cross (Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1915 edition [I have the 1917 revision])
  1. Sam Steele’s Adventures: The Magic Bubble Car
  2. Sam Steele’s Adventures: The Treasure of Karnak
  3. Sam Steele’s Adventures: The Scream of the Sacred Ape (Hungry Tiger Press, 2006)
  4. The Boy Fortune Hunters in Yucatan
  5. The Boy Fortune Hunters in the South Seas

Mary Shelley

  • The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck (Dodo Press)
  • Falkner (Wildside Press)
  • Collected Tales and Stories, ed. Charles E. Robinson (Washington: John Hopkins, 1990)
  • Frankenstein: The Original 1818 Text (Norton Critical Edition)
  • Maurice, or the Fisher’s Cot: A Tale

James Joyce

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Norton Critical Edition, 2007)
  • Ulysses (Vintage 978-0679722762)
  • Finnegans Wake [corrected third edition] (I read (but do not own) the Penguin edition, only to find out it was based on the uncorrected first edition.  Yes, I finished it.)

Samuel Beckett
(all of these are omitted from the centennial collection)

  • Eleutheria
  • Collected Poems in English and French
  • Disjecta:  Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment
  • Dream of Fair to Middling Women (Arcade Publishing, 2006)

Franz Kafka

  • The Trial, translated by Breon Mitchell
  • Amerika: The Missing Person, translated by Mark Harman

Neil Gaiman

  • American Gods
  • Neverwhere
  • The Sandman:  The Dream Hunters (novel)
  • Odd and the Frost Giants
  • Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett)
  • Smoke and Mirrors

Jack Matthews, Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard

  • The Battle of Brazil, including the complete screenplay (Applause, 2000)

Michael Temple

  • For Ever Godard

Evelyn Waugh

  • The Loved One

Steve Gerber

  • The Howard the Duck Omnibus (Man-Thing cover) [One of the best comic books ever written, I would love to have this deluxe edition with a new introduction by the author (one of the last things he wrote before he died), but it’s OOP and the price has doubled, although I do have reading-grade (sometimes better) copies of all the original issues.]

Rudyard Kipling

  • The Jungle Books, introduction by Neil Gaiman (Looking Glass Library, 2011)

Susannah Clarke

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jon Michael Suter

  • The Adventure of the Mustard Jar (Hasskarl Bindery, 1976)
  • The Orange Knight of Oz (Hasskarl Bindery, 1976)
  • Autocrats in Oz

Thomas Middleton

  • The Collected Works (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Katherine E. Ellison

  • The Fatal News: Reading and Information Overload in Early Eighteenth-Century Literature (Routledge, 2005)
    [While this does indeed sound fascinating to me, the reason I know about it is because I was friends with (and had a crush on ) the author in college (I guess the fact that this would be fascinating to me shows why I liked her).  Unfortunately, it started at $80 on Amazon when it came out, and has now gone up to $150.  She stopped being friends with me when I got annoying. I was immature about it, but in the boy next door sense, not the pervy frat boy sense.]

Charles McCarry

  • The Better Angels (basis of Richard Brooks’s satirical film, Wrong Is Right; both works predicted 9/11 and the Iraq War, as well as the prominence of 24/7 cable news. The novel was considered ridiculous at the time, while the film was overtly comedic (and brilliant).)

Michael A. Swanigan

  • Animation by Filmation

Sakyo Komatsu

  • Japan Sinks (Komatsu is considered Japan’s premiere science fiction novelist.  This book, which has been filmed twice (I’ve seen neither version), is the only one of his books published in English, and is now out of print.  He also wrote the novels upon which ESPY (excellent) and Time of the Apes (Boulle knockoff) were based.)

Vitezslav Nezval

  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Gabrielle Zevin

  • Elsewhere

Malcolm South

  • Mythical and Fabulous Creatures: A Sourcebook and Research Guide (Peter Bedrick Books, 1987)

Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • Crime and Punishment, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Louisa May Alcott

  • Transcendental Wild Oats
  • Little Women (with unformalized dialogue–Norton has part 1 this way; Borders had both parts this way)

Mark E. Rogers

  • The Runestone (Willard Carroll, who directed the film version, told me that this was never actually published.)

David Friedman

  • The Thought Exchange:  Overcoming Our Resistance to Living a Sensational Life

Richard Hofstadter

  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (Vintage, 1966)

Kobo Abe

  • The Box Man

Enrique Vila-Matas

  • Bartleby &. Co.

David Markson

  • The Last Novel

works by Davis Grubb (The Night of the Hunter is a great book on par with, but more detailed than, the film) and E.L. Arch (Rachel Cosgrove Payes’s science fiction pseudonym)

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