Science Fiction Ads for the Literati

There is a new post at Thornfield Hall Redux, “Science Fiction for the Literati.”

“I love skimming ads in old science fiction books.  Commercialism may corrupt us, but I also am an avid reader of book ads in The New York Review of Books.  Still, SF paperbacks have the most amusing ads.  Smack in the middle of a back page that urged me, “Buy them at your local bookstore or use coupon on next page for ordering,” I found the title of a hitherto unfamiliar book, The Elephant and the Kangaroo by T. H. White. ”

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A Real Pleasure: Rereading “The Camomile Lawn,” by Mary Wesley

I have just reread The Camomile Lawn, one of my favorite books.  What a pleasure to read!  And so naturally I am musing about the splendid career of Mary Wesley, who published her first novel, Jumping the Queue, when she was seventy-one.  For many readers, that was the biggest part of the story.  Actually, it is a pretty marvelous part.  My goodness, we all thought, there’s hope for us yet. 

You can read the rest of this post at my new blog, Thornfield Hall Redux.

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