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3 Books You Must Have In Your Library

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Christine Austin Cole Female, 47, United States (7/5/2008 11:36:00 PM)

Just three, huh? Well, the first two are easy - I'll offer, without hesitation, the following:

The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa (edited/translated by Richard Zenith)
The UNABRIDGED Journals of Sylvia Plath (edited by Karen Kukil)

and... I would be utterly remiss if I did not also note that the above two would be of even greater enjoyment/purpose/context/understanding if coupled with (perhaps among others as well) , the following:

The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa (edited/translated by Richard Zenith)
The RESTORED edition of Sylvia Plath's Ariel (w/ foreward by Frieda Hughes)

Technically now, I suppose, I've exceeded 'three' must haves and recognizing the same, I'll stop here. Frankly, I'm happy to do so actually... deciding a third poet's work to recommend would mean having consciously decided not to mention a myriad of others and I just can't bring myself to do that.

Believing it simply impossible to ever have too many books,

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  • Stephen West (7/15/2008 7:34:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Christine, Greetings from Africa
    Please read my message about Selected Essays, Samuel Butler
    A long time ago I was an Infant teacher
    An older hand once told me
    Dont teach children to read out of necessity. Reading is like riding a horse. Pleasurable, but totally unnesseccary to get around anywhere.

    Dont get me wrong. I even love the printed word on sauce bottles.
    But more books is like more souvenirs of world travel. More to dust and clean and maintain.
    Join a lending library and exercise your memory.

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    • Christine Austin Cole (7/25/2008 9:52:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Hello Stephen - I saw your post previously, actually - and found it interesting. Clearly, it is in opposition to mine with regard to the topic at hand. For the record, I don't think either of us ... more

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