I think the first book of Nabokov’s I ever read was Invitation to a Beheading which I have in an old Penguin edition somewhere, so it will displayed later. What I do have here and now are three of his masterworks, Lolita (Corgi 1969), Despair (Panther 1969) and Pale Fire (Corgi 1966) in old UK paperbacks.
Dorothy Parker was a member of the Algonquin Round Table and was noted for her wit. The Portable Dorothy Parker (Viking 1975 edition) is a complete collection of her stories, poems, reviews and articles.
Robert Pirsig is mainly known for one book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which was a runaway bestseller in the early 1970s.
Now, John Cowper Powys is an author who interested me greatly in the 1970s. I seemed to have collected quite a few of his books, after reading and being mightily impressed with A Glastonbury Romance. I have a copy of that book in a Picador edition, but as I am planning a separate feature on Picador I’ll be showing the cover of it at a later date.
In the meantime here are three odd editions of his novels, Weymouth Sands (Rivers Press 1973), Porius (Village Press 1974) and The Inmates (Village Press 1974).
Finally, for this post, Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon , the sole novel by this author in my collection. I must admit, Gravity’s Rainbow is one of the few books I could never finish. It put me off Pynchon for life. Below is the 1974 Bantam paperback edition (still in perfect condition!).
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