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I had forgotten that during my last weeks in Sweden, I ordered a few books from the BookDepository. So when two days before Christmas, these 8 books suddenly showed up, I was quite surprised. I guess these could count as gifts to myself. And after four months of buying no books (or well, okay, the 5 Swedish Astrid Lindgren books), I think I wasn’t at all wrong about going on a little splurge.
I am incredibly happy with the books that arrived. Most are Oxford World Classics, for my Classics Project 2011. One is Bright Star, a collection of all the poems and some letters by Keats, with an introduction by Jane Campion (who directed the movie titled Bright Star). This Vintage edition is very pretty.
But let me move on to the Oxford World’s Classics for now. Above are pictured three out of the seven that arrived. Just look at all the pretty covers! And since I am now finally reading a real OWC book, I can say I understand why everyone loves them so much. They are so easy to read, great page lay-out, surprisingly easy to turn the pages without creasing the cover (but that could be because I am reading a relatively small book right now, only around 260 pages):
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I have already read this on my ereader, but wanted to own it anyway. (behold how an ereader isn’t exactly helping me not acquiring new books), and I’m going to read the introduction before writing a post on the book.
- Evelina by Frances Burney – This book has been on my holiday and birthday gift suggestion list for years on end, until I finally decided to just read it on my ereader. Loved it. Same story as above.
- Memoirs of Emma Courtney by Mary Hays – Since I liked Evelina so much, I wanted to try more late 18th century fiction written by women. Also, this just popped up while browsing. Another good excuse to buy this: Mary Hays moved in the same circles as Mary Wollstonecraft did.
I also bought four books that I’m going to read for the Feminist Classics Project. These should cover most of the first five months, with the exception of the book I will be discussing in April: Herland. I couldn’t find an Oxford edition and have been in doubt what edition to buy:
- A Vindication of the Rights of Men and A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft
- On Liberty by John Stuart Mill – featuring “The Subjection of Women”, which Ana will discuss in February
- Four Major Plays by Henrik Ibsen – featuring “A Doll’s House”, which Emily will discuss in March
- A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf