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Judging books by their covers, Part Two…

From our old friends at Abe Books, “The Weird Book Room,” where readers will find the title above, and such volumes as…

More incredible incunabulae in “The Weird Book Room.”  [Part One is here.]

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As we refold our fly leaves, we might send sympathetic birthday wishes to John Clare; he was born on this date in 1793.  Clare’s first volume of poetry, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (1820) brought him overnight fame. But his later collections were never as popular, and financial problems ruined his health. He spent the final 23 years of his life in an asylum, writing poetry that has led modern critics to regard him as one of the most important 19th-century English poets.

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Written by LW

July 13, 2012 at 1:01 am

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