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Wednesday

Preface


Mervyn Peake: Titus Groan (1946)


'How many shelves have you built for your father?' said the Earl to his daughter with a ghastly smile.
'Seven shelves, father,' said Fuchsia. Her eyes were very wide and her hands trembled as they hung at her sides.
'Three more shelves, my daughter - three more shelves, and then we will put the volumes back.'
'Yes, father.'
Fuchsia, picking up a short branch, scored across the needled ground three long lines, adding them to the seven which already lay between her father and herself.
'That's it, that's it,' came the melancholy voice. 'Now we have space for the Sonian Poets. Have you the books ready ­- little daughter?'
Fuchsia swung her head up, and her eyes fastened upon her father. He had never spoken to her in that way - she had never before heard that tone of love in his voice. Chilled by the horror of his growing madness, she had yet been filled with a compas­sion she had never known, but now there was more than compassion within her, there was released, of a sudden, a warm jet of love for the huddled figure whose long pale hand rested upon his knees, whose voice sounded so quiet and so thoughtful. 'Yes, father, I've got the books ready,' she replied; 'do you want me to put them on the shelves?'
She turned to a heap of pine cones which had been gathered. 'Yes, I am ready,' he replied after a pause that was filled with the silence of the wood. 'But one by one. One by one. We shall stock three shelves tonight. Three of my long, rare shelves.'
'Yes, father.' ...

- Mervyn Peake. Titus Groan. 1946. Introduction by Anthony Burgess. Penguin Modern Classics. 1968 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975): 345-46.


The most poignant piece I know of about the after-effects of the death of a library is this passage from Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy (worse even than the final moments of Elias Canetti's Auto-da-fé). Perhaps its effectiveness comes from the fact that Peake himself may already have known about his own Parkinson's disease. It's hard not to feel him imagining the successive loss of his faculties, both as artist and author.

Building a library is always, as Canetti reminds us, an act of faith. One one level, of course, it's at the mercy of so many factors: fire, flood, domestic turmoil, and all the other vagaries of life. On another, it needs a logic and a raison d'être to justify its existence. But without some kind of catalogue or indexing system, can it really be said to be a library - or just an opportunistic huddle of books?

A website seems to me not such a bad place to compile such a catalogue raisonnée. The pages can be edited and re-edited as often as one wants, and (what's more) decorated with the other people's art. With the aid of labels, hypertext and sidebars, it can even be effectively cross-indexed.

This blog, then, A Gentle Madness (the title borrowed from Nicholas Basbane's entertaining account of the vagaries of eccentric bibliophiles throughout history) is the result. It's very much a work in progress (but then what library could ever be said to be finished? Only when people stop writing new books, or re-editing old ones, I suppose). It's not - I suspect - of particularly absorbing interest (or use) to anyone but me, but, for what it's worth, it's now accessible to all.

Mervyn Peake: Alice


'My books .. .' he said.
'I have them here, father. Shall I fill up the first long shelf for you?'
'With the Sonian Poets, Fuchsia.'
Yes.'
She picked up a cone from the heap at her side and placed it on the end of the line she had scored in the ground. The Earl watched her very carefully.
'That is Andrema, the lyricist - the lover - he whose quill would pulse as he wrote and fill with a blush of blue, like a bruised nail. His verses, Fuchsia, his verses open out like flowers of glass, and at their centre, between the brittle petals lies a pool of indigo, translucent and as huge as doom. His voice is unmuffled - it is like a bell, clearly ringing in the night of our confusion; but the clarity is the clarity of imponderable depth - depth - so that his lines float on for evermore, Fuchsia - on and on and on, for evermore. That is Andrema ... Andrema.'
The Earl, with his eyes on the cone which Fuchsia had placed at the end of the first line, opened his mouth more widely, and suddenly the pines vibrated with the echoes of a dreadful cry, half scream, half laughter.
Fuchsia stiffened, the blood draining from her face. Her father, his mouth still open, even after the scream had died out of the forest, was now upon his hands and knees. Fuchsia tried to force her voice from the dryness of her throat. Her father's eyes were on her as she struggled, and at last his lips came to­gether and his eyes recovered the melancholy sweetness that she had so lately discovered in them. She was able to say, as she picked up another cone and made as if to place it at the side of 'Andrema': 'Shall I go on with the library, father?' [347]


Ben Matthews: Map of Gormenghast


Notes:

  • Requests for the loan of any of the books or materials listed here will not be entertained seriously. It seems most unlikely you won't be able to find a nearby public library which can obtain the titles you're searching for.

  • The pages are organised in the following way:

    • This image denotes a category:


    • Erik Desmazières: The Library of Babel (1997)

    • This image denotes a bookcase:


    • Carl Spitzweg: The Bookworm (1850)

    • This image denotes prelims:


    • Elias Canetti: Auto-da-fé (1935)

    • The following key to my mapping conventions is (I hope) self-explanatory:
    • 1, 2 … = shelf numbers counting downwards
      [b] = back row of a double row
      i, ii = partition / section number (left to right)
      • = on top of other books (left to right)
      […] = bound Xerox copy







Monday

Acquisitions


Contents:




Note behind counter of local secondhand bookshop
photograph: Michael Steven (2012)













Sunday

Bibliographies


Tim Bowling: The Book Collector (2008)

Bibliographies


Sources:
Books I'd Like to Own
Acquisitions
Advanced Fiction Writing
Contemporary NZ Writers
Cross-Genre Writing
The Imaginary Museum
NZ Speculative Fiction
Bibliographies (Alphabetical)


  1. American:

    1. Machado de Assis (1839-1908)
    2. Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)
    3. Truman Capote (1924-1984)
    4. Michael Chabon (1963- ) [I]
    5. Lydia Davis (1947- ) [I]
    6. Joan Didion (1934-2021)
    7. Jonathan Franzen (1959- )
    8. William Gaddis (1922-1998)
    9. Wilson Harris (1921-2018)
    10. Joseph Heller (1923-1999)
    11. Jack London (1876-1916)
    12. David McCullough (1933-2022)
    13. Norman Mailer (1923-2007) [II]
    14. Janet Malcolm (1934-2021)
    15. W. H. Porter ['O. Henry'] (1862-1910)
    16. John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
    17. Irving Stone (1903-1989)
    18. William Styron (1925-2006)
    19. Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)
    20. James Thurber (1894-1961)
    21. Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989)
    22. Mark Twain (1837-1910)
    23. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972)
    24. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)
    25. Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) [I]

  2. Asian:

    1. Abe Kōbō (1924-1993)
    2. Dazai Osamu (1909-1948)
    3. Endō Shūsaku (1923-1996)
    4. Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)
    5. Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972)
    6. Mishima Yukio (1925-1970)
    7. Murakami Haruki (1949- )
    8. Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916)
    9. Ōe Kenzaburō (1935- )
    10. Tanizaki Jun'ichirō (1886-1965)
    11. Yoshimoto Banana (1964- )

  3. Australasian:

    1. Maurice Duggan (1922-1974)
    2. Janet Frame (1924–2004)
    3. Maurice Gee (1931- )
    4. Russell Haley (1934-2016)
    5. Craig Harrison (1942- ) [I]
    6. Maurice Shadbolt (1932-2004)
    7. C. K. Stead (1932- ) [I]
    8. T. G. H. Strehlow (1908–1978)
    9. Albert Wendt (1939– ) [I]
    10. Patrick White (1912-1990)

  4. British:

    1. Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)
    2. R. D. Blackmore (1825-1900)
    3. George Borrow (1803-1881)
    4. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
    5. Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) [I]
    6. Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000)
    7. C. S. Forester (1899-1966)
    8. John Fowles (1926-2005)
    9. Graham Greene (1904-1991)
    10. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
    11. James Joyce (1882-1941)
    12. Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982)
    13. D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
    14. Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)
    15. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963)
    16. T. F. Powys (1875-1953)
    17. Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939)
    18. Mary Renault (1905-1983)
    19. Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo) (1860–1913)
    20. Henry Torrens (1806–1852)
    21. Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)
    22. P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975)
    23. Leonard Woolf (1880-1969)
    24. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
    25. Frances A. Yates (1899-1981)

  5. European & Russian:

    1. Karen Blixen ['Isak Dinesen'] (1885-1962)
    2. Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940)
    3. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
    4. Maxim Gorky (1868-1936)
    5. Günter Grass (1927-2015)
    6. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
    7. Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
    8. Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)
    9. Stanisław Lem (1921-2006)
    10. Primo Levi (1919-1987)
    11. Thomas Mann (1875-1955) [I]
    12. Robert Musil (1880-1942)
    13. Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977) [I]
    14. Georges Perec (1936-1982)
    15. W. G. Sebald (1944-2001)
    16. George Steiner (1929–2020)

  6. Fantasy:

    1. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
    2. Lord Dunsany (1878-1957)
    3. Neil Gaiman (1960- )
    4. Alan Garner (1934- )
    5. Edward Gorey (1925-2000)
    6. William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918)
    7. Margaret Irwin (1889–1967)
    8. William Mayne (1928-2010)
    9. E. Nesbit (1858-1924)
    10. Tim Powers (1952- )
    11. Mary Stewart (1916-2014)
    12. Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978)
    13. T. H. White (1906-1964)

  7. Ghost Stories & Mysteries:

    1. Robert Aickman (1914-1981)
    2. Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951)
    3. John Buchan (1875-1940)
    4. Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
    5. F. Marion Crawford (1854-1909)
    6. Edmund Crispin (1921-1978)
    7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
    8. L. P. Hartley (1895-1972)
    9. Susan Hill (1942- )
    10. M. R. James (1862-1936) [I]
    11. J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873)
    12. Oliver Onions (1873-1961)
    13. Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)
    14. Iain Sinclair (1943- )
    15. Bram Stoker (1847-1912)
    16. Montague Summers (1880-1948)
    17. H. Russell Wakefield (1888-1964)

  8. Poetry:

    1. W. H. Auden (1907-1973) [I]
    2. Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
    3. Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883)
    4. Robert Graves (1895-1985)
    5. Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016)
    6. Ted Hughes (1930-1998)
    7. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
    8. Philip Larkin (1922-1985)
    9. John Masefield (1878-1967)
    10. William Morris (1834–1896)
    11. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
    12. Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
    13. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
    14. Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)
    15. D. M. Thomas (1935- )
    16. Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
    17. Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
    18. R. S. Thomas (1913-2000)
    19. Helen Waddell (1889-1965)
    20. Arthur Waley (1889-1966)

  9. SF:

    1. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
    2. J. G. Ballard (1930-2009)
    3. Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)
    4. Samuel R. Delany (1942- )
    5. Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
    6. Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
    7. Frank Herbert (1920-1986)
    8. Fred Hoyle (1915-2001)
    9. Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923-1996)
    10. Robert Silverberg (1935- )
    11. Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)
    12. H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
    13. Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)
    14. John Wyndham (1903-1969)

  10. Sets I'd Like to Complete:

    1. The Brontë Sisters (1816–1855; 1818–1848; 1820–1849): The Works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (12 vols - 1893-96)
    2. Lord Byron (1788-1824): Letters and Journals (13 vols - 1973-94)
    3. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731): The Shakespeare Head Edition of the the Novels and Selected Writings (14 vols - 1927-28 / 12 vols - 1974)
    4. Charles Dickens (1812-1870): The 'Daily News' Memorial Edition (19 vols - 1900-1910)
    5. Poetry New Zealand (6 vols - 1970-84)
    6. Poetry NZ (48 vols - 1990-2014)
    7. Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Twickenham Edition (11 vols - 1940-1969)
    8. Marcel Proust (1871-1922): Selected Letters (4 vols - 1983-2000)
    9. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): Collected Essays (6 vols - 1986-2009)
    10. W. B. Yeats (1865-1939): The Collected Works (14 vols - 1983-2015)




Su Blackwell: The Book Collector (2018)


  1. Authors:

    1. Henry Adams (1838-1918)
    2. Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002)
    3. Owen Barfield (1898-1997)
    4. Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) [I]
    5. Antony Beevor (1946- )
    6. Katharine M. Briggs (1898-1980)
    7. William Burroughs (1914-1997)
    8. Paul Celan (1920-1970) [III]
    9. Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)
    10. John Clare (1793-1864) [I]
    11. Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)
    12. Daniel Defoe (c.1660-1731)
    13. Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) [II]
    14. Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939)
    15. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
    16. H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925)
    17. Max Hastings (1945- )
    18. Thomas Hodgkin (1831-1913)
    19. David Howarth (1912-1991)
    20. W. H. Hudson (1841-1922)
    21. Washington Irving (1783-1859)
    22. M. R. James (1862-1936) [II]
    23. John Keats (1795-1821)
    24. Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
    25. Stephen King (1947- )
    26. Theodora Kroeber (1897-1979)
    27. Michele Leggott (1956- )
    28. C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
    29. W. H. Lewis (1895-1973)
    30. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
    31. H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937)
    32. Thomas Mann (1948- ) [II]
    33. George R. R. Martin (1948- )
    34. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)
    35. Herman Melville (1819-1891) [I]
    36. John L. Motley (1814-1877)
    37. Murasaki Shikibu (c.973-c.1014/25)
    38. Les Murray (1938-2019)
    39. Francis Parkman (1823-1893)
    40. John Payne (1842-1916)
    41. Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) [I]
    42. William H. Prescott (1796-1859)
    43. Harry Price (1881-1948)
    44. Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974)
    45. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) [I]
    46. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) [II]
    47. Shi Nai'an (c.1296-1372)
    48. John L. Stephens (1805-1852)
    49. J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
    50. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) [I]
    51. Jack Vance (1916-2013)
    52. Charles Williams (1886-1945)

  2. Series & Themes:

    1. American Civil War (1861-1865) [II]
    2. Ancient Indian Epics
    3. The Arabian Nights in Spanish (1934-2016)
    4. The Bible [II]
    5. The Bodley Head Editions (1958-1994)
    6. British Ballads (1765- )
    7. Clarkson N. Potter Annotated Editions (1960-1986)
    8. D-Day (6 June, 1944)
    9. Eighteenth Century Books
    10. The Folio Society (1947- ) [I]
    11. Greek Historians (c.100 BCE-100 CE)
    12. The Icelandic Sagas (1960-2002) [I]
    13. The Icelandic Sagas (1997) [II]
    14. The Landmark Ancient Histories (1996- )
    15. The Library Edition of the British Poets (1853-1860)
    16. The Loeb Classics (1912- )
    17. Longman Annotated English Poets (1965- )
    18. New Zealand Feature Films (1977-2021)
    19. The Nonesuch Library (1927-77)
    20. Norton Annotated Editions (2000- )
    21. Omnibuses (1930-1985)
    22. Oxford Books of Verse (1900- )
    23. Oxford English Texts (1912- )
    24. Oxford Myths and Legends (1954- )
    25. Penguin English Poets (1971-1983)
    26. Penguin Poets in Translation (1996-2005) [II]
    27. The Reynard Library (1950-71)
    28. Scottish Poets (1425- )


  1. Authors:

    1. Kathy Acker (c.1944-1997) [II]
    2. Martin Armstrong (1882-1974) [II]
    3. Roland Barthes (1915-1980) [II]
    4. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) [II]
    5. Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) [II]
    6. Jerome W. Clinton (1937-2003)
    7. Tim Corballis (1971- )
    8. Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
    9. Breton Dukes
    10. Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)
    11. Heinz Grotzfeld
    12. Husain Haddawy
    13. Andras Hamori
    14. Josef Horovitz (1974-1931)
    15. Witi Ihimaera (1944- )
    16. Roman Jakobson (1896–1982)
    17. M. R. James (1862-1936) [III]
    18. Abdelfattah Kilito (1945- )
    19. Edward W. Lane (1801-1876)
    20. Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)
    21. Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006)
    22. Muhsin Mahdi (1926-2007)
    23. David Pinault
    24. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
    25. Harold Robbins (1916-1997)
    26. Jack Ross (1962- )
    27. Tina Shaw (1961- )
    28. Alice Tawhai
    29. Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017)
    30. H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

  2. Series & Themes:

    1. The 1001 Nights




NZ Official Yearbook: If New Zealand was in Europe (1919)


  1. Authors:

    1. Anne Carson (1950- ) [II]
    2. Fiona Farrell (1947- )
    3. Michael Harlow (1930- )
    4. Susan Howe (1937- ) [II]
    5. Michele Leggott (1956- )
    6. Graham Lindsay (1952- )
    7. Paul Muldoon (1951- )
    8. Peter Reading (1946-2011)
    9. Derek Walcott (1930-2017)
    10. Ian Wedde (1946- )


  1. Authors:

    1. Kathy Acker (1947-1997) [I]
    2. Martin Armstrong (1882-1974) [I]
    3. W. H. Auden (1907-1973) [II]
    4. Roland Barthes (1915-1980) [I]
    5. Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
    6. William Blake (1757-1827)
    7. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) [I]
    8. Truman Capote (1924-1984) [II]
    9. Anne Carson (1950- ) [I]
    10. Michael Chabon (1963- ) [II]
    11. Lydia Davis (1947- ) [II]
    12. Martin Edmond (1952- )
    13. Susan Howe (1937- ) [I]
    14. Robin Hyde (1906-1939)
    15. Lynn Jenner (1955- )
    16. Donald Keene (1922-2019)
    17. Leicester Kyle (1937-2006)
    18. Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009)
    19. Olivia Macassey (1975- )
    20. Norman Mailer (1923-2007) [I]
    21. Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) [II]
    22. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
    23. Michael Ondaatje (1943- )
    24. Sei Shōnagon (c.966–1017)
    25. Dennis Tedlock (1939-2016)
    26. Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) [II]
    27. Richard von Sturmer (1957- )
    28. Tom Wolfe (1931-2018) [II]

  2. Series & Themes:

    1. The Bible (c.1400-400 BC / c.50-200 AD) [I]


  1. Authors:

    1. Geoffrey Ashe (1923-2022)
    2. Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) [II]
    3. Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) [I]
    4. Orson Scott Card (1951- )
    5. Paul Celan (1920-1970) [I]
    6. Paul Celan (1920-1970) [II]
    7. John Clare (1793-1864) [II]
    8. Michael Cox (1948-2009)
    9. Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972)
    10. Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
    11. William Golding (1911-1993)
    12. Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985)
    13. E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822)
    14. Henry James (1862-1936) [I]
    15. Henry James (1862-1936) [II]
    16. Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)
    17. H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) [I]
    18. Arthur Machen (1863-1947)
    19. Louis MacNeice (1907-1963)
    20. Herman Melville (1819-1891) [II]
    21. Hershel Parker (1935- )
    22. Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) [II]
    23. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
    24. Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823)
    25. Michael Roberts (1902-1948)
    26. Mary Shelley (1797-1851)
    27. Stephen Spender (1909-1995)
    28. John L. Stephens (1805-1852)
    29. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) [II]
    30. Jules Verne (1828-1905)
    31. Rex Warner (1905-1986)
    32. Colin Wilson (1931-2013)

  2. Series & Themes:

    1. American Civil War (1861-1865) [I]
    2. Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (1931- )
    3. Britannica Great Books of the Western World (1952)
    4. Fairy Tales (1697- )
    5. The Folio Society (1947- ) [II]
    6. Kalila and Dimna (c.800 BCE)
    7. The Library of America (1979- )
    8. Penguin Modern European Poets (1958-1984)
    9. Penguin Modern Poets (1962-1983)
    10. Penguin Poets in Translation (1996-2005) [I]
    11. Russian Foreign Languages Publishing House (1946-64)
    12. Sir John Lubbock's 100 Books (1887)




Geoff Murphy, dir. The Quiet Earth (1985)


  1. Authors:

    1. Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
    2. Nigel Cox (1951-2006)
    3. John Cranna (1954- )
    4. Bill Direen (1957- )
    5. Philip Gluckman (1954- )
    6. Craig Harrison (1942- ) [II]
    7. Henry Honor ('The Inhabitant')
    8. Dylan Horrocks (1966- )
    9. Mike Johnson (1947- )
    10. M. K. Joseph (1914-1981)
    11. Elizabeth Knox (1959- )
    12. Phillip Mann (1942- )
    13. Rosie Scott (1948-2017)
    14. C. K. Stead (1932- ) [II]
    15. Philip Temple (1939- )
    16. Rhydian Thomas
    17. Julius Vogel (1835-1899)
    18. Albert Wendt (1939- ) [II]
    19. Summer Wigmore (2013- )

  2. Series & Themes:

    1. NZSF Chronology (1863-2020)



[A = Acquisitions]
[B = Books I'd Like to Own]
[C = Cross-Genre Writing]
[CNZ = Contemporary NZ Writers]
[F = Advanced Fiction Writing]
[M = The Imaginary Museum]
[Michele 2021 = Michele Leggott Festschrift]
[N = NZSF]
[O = Opinions]



Famous Authors

Authors:

    A

  1. Kōbō Abe (1924-1993) [B]
  2. Kathy Acker (c.1944-1997) [C] [F]
  3. Henry Adams (1838-1918) [A]
  4. Robert Aickman (1914-1981) [B]
  5. Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) [A]
  6. Martin Armstrong (1882-1974) [C] [F]
  7. Geoffrey Ashe (1923-2022) [M]
  8. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) [B] [M]
  9. Machado de Assis (1839-1908) [B]
  10. W. H. Auden (1907-1973) [A] [B] [C] [M1] M2] [M3]

  11. B

  12. J. G. Ballard (1930-2009) [B] [M]
  13. Owen Barfield (1898-1997) [A]
  14. Roland Barthes (1915-1980) [C] [F]
  15. Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) [C]
  16. Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) [A] [M]
  17. Antony Beevor (1946-) [A]
  18. Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) [B]
  19. R. D. Blackmore (1825-1900) [B]
  20. Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) [B]
  21. William Blake (1757-1827) [C]
  22. Karen Blixen ['Isak Dinesen'] (1885-1962) [B]
  23. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) [C] [F]
  24. George Borrow (1803-1881) [B] [M]
  25. Katharine M. Briggs (1898-1980) [A]
  26. Charlotte, Emily & Anne Brontë (1816–1855 / 1818–1848 / 1820–1849) [B] [M]
  27. John Buchan (1875-1940) [B]
  28. Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) [B]
  29. William Burroughs (1914-1997) [A]
  30. Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) [F] [M]
  31. Samuel Butler (1835-1902) [N]
  32. Lord Byron (1788-1824) [B]

  33. C

  34. Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) [B]
  35. Truman Capote (1924-1984) [B] [C]
  36. Orson Scott Card (1951- ) [M]
  37. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) [B]
  38. Anne Carson (1950- ) [C] [CNZ]
  39. Paul Celan (1920-1970) [A] [M1] [M2]
  40. Michael Chabon (1963- ) [B] [C] [O]
  41. Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) [A]
  42. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) [B] [M]
  43. John Clare (1793-1864) [A] [M]
  44. Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) [B] [M]
  45. Jerome W. Clinton (1937-2003) [F]
  46. Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) [A]
  47. Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) [B] [M]
  48. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) [B] [M]
  49. Tim Corballis (1971- ) [F]
  50. Michael Cox (1948-2009) [M]
  51. Nigel Cox (1951-2006) [N]
  52. John Cranna (1954- ) [N]
  53. F. Marion Crawford (1854-1909) [B]
  54. Edmund Crispin (1921-1978) [B]

  55. D

  56. Lydia Davis (1947- ) [B] [C] [M]
  57. Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972) [M]
  58. Osamu Dazai (1909-1948) [B]
  59. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) [A] [B]
  60. Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) [B] [M]
  61. Samuel R. Delany (1942- ) [B]
  62. Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) [B] [F] [M]
  63. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) [B]
  64. Joan Didion (1934-2021) [B]
  65. Bill Direen (1957- ) [N]
  66. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) [B] [M]
  67. Maurice Duggan (1922-1974) [B]
  68. Breton Dukes [F]
  69. Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) [B]
  70. Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) [A] [B]

  71. E

  72. Martin Edmond (1952- ) [C]
  73. Shūsaku Endō (1923-1996) [B]

  74. F

  75. Fiona Farrell (1947- ) [CNZ]
  76. Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883) [B]
  77. Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) [B]
  78. Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) [A]
  79. C. S. Forester (1899-1966) [B]
  80. John Fowles (1926-2005) [B]
  81. Janet Frame (1924–2004) [B]
  82. Jonathan Franzen (1959- ) [B] [O]

  83. G

  84. William Gaddis (1922-1998) [B]
  85. Neil Gaiman (1960- ) [B] [M]
  86. Alan Garner (1934- ) [B] [M]
  87. Maurice Gee (1931- ) [B]
  88. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) [A]
  89. Philip Gluckman (1954- ) [N]
  90. William Golding (1911-1993) [M]
  91. Edward Gorey (1925-2000) [B] [M]
  92. Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) [B]
  93. Günter Grass (1927-2015) [B]
  94. Robert Graves (1895-1985) [B] [M]
  95. Graham Greene (1904-1991) [B] [M]
  96. Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985) [M]
  97. Heinz Grotzfeld [F]

  98. H

  99. Husain Haddawy [F]
  100. H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) [A]
  101. Russell Haley (1934-2016) [B] [M]
  102. Andras Hamori [F]
  103. Michael Harlow (1930- ) [CNZ]
  104. Wilson Harris (1921-2018) [B]
  105. Craig Harrison (1942- ) [B] [M] [N]
  106. L. P. Hartley (1895-1972) [B]
  107. Max Hastings (1945- ) [A]
  108. Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) [B]
  109. Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) [B] [M]
  110. Joseph Heller (1923-1999) [B]
  111. O. Henry (1862-1910) [B]
  112. Frank Herbert (1920-1986) [B] [M]
  113. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) [B] [M]
  114. Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016) [B]
  115. Susan Hill (1942- ) [B]
  116. Thomas Hodgkin (1831-1913) [A]
  117. William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) [B]
  118. E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) [M]
  119. Henry Honor [N]
  120. Josef Horovitz (1974-1931) [F]
  121. Dylan Horrocks (1966- ) [N]
  122. David Howarth (1912-1991) [A]
  123. Susan Howe (1937- ) [C] [CNZ]
  124. Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) [B]
  125. W. H. Hudson (1841-1922) [A]
  126. Ted Hughes (1930-1998) [B] [M]
  127. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) [A] [B]
  128. Robin Hyde (1906-1939) [C]

  129. I

  130. Witi Ihimaera (1944- ) [F]
  131. Washington Irving (1783-1859) [A]
  132. Margaret Irwin (1889–1967) [B] [M]

  133. J

  134. Roman Jakobson (1896–1982) [F]
  135. Henry James (1862-1936) [M1] [M2]
  136. M. R. James (1862-1936) [A] [B] [F] [M]
  137. Lynn Jenner (1955- ) [C]
  138. Mike Johnson (1947- ) [N]
  139. M. K. Joseph (1914-1981) [N]
  140. James Joyce (1882-1941) [B]

  141. K

  142. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) [B] [M]
  143. Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) [B]
  144. John Keats (1795-1821) [A]
  145. Donald Keene (1922-2019) [C]
  146. Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) [A]
  147. Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982) [B]
  148. Abdelfattah Kilito (1945- ) [F]
  149. Stephen King (1947- ) [A]
  150. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) [B] [M]
  151. Elizabeth Knox (1959- ) [N]
  152. Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) [B] [M]
  153. Theodora Kroeber (1897-1979) [A]
  154. Leicester Kyle (1937-2006) [C] [The Collected Poems of Leicester Hugo Kyle]

  155. L

  156. Edward W. Lane (1801-1876) [F]
  157. Philip Larkin (1922-1985) [B]
  158. D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) [B]
  159. J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) [B] [M]
  160. Michele Leggott (1956- ) [A] [CNZ] [Michele 2021]
  161. Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) [F] [M]
  162. Stanisław Lem (1921-2006) [B] [F] [M]
  163. Primo Levi (1919-1987) [B] [M]
  164. Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) [C]
  165. C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) [A]
  166. W. H. Lewis (1895-1973) [A]
  167. Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) [B]
  168. Graham Lindsay (1952- ) [CNZ]
  169. Jack London (1876-1916) [B]
  170. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) [A]
  171. H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) [A [M]

  172. M

  173. Olivia Macassey (1975- ) [C]
  174. Arthur Machen (1863-1947) [M]
  175. David McCullough (1933-2022) [B]
  176. Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) [M]
  177. Muhsin Mahdi (1926-2007) [F]
  178. Norman Mailer (1923-2007) [B] [C]
  179. Janet Malcolm (1934-2021) [B] [M]
  180. Phillip Mann (1942- ) [N]
  181. Thomas Mann (1948- ) [A] [B] [M]
  182. Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) [F]
  183. George R. R. Martin (1948- ) [A]
  184. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) [A]
  185. John Masefield (1878-1967) [B] [M] [MA Thesis: John Masefield]
  186. William Mayne (1928-2010) [B]
  187. Herman Melville (1819-1891) [A] [M]
  188. Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923-1996) [B] [M]
  189. Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) [B]
  190. William Morris (1834–1896) [B]
  191. John L. Motley (1814-1877) [A]
  192. Paul Muldoon (1951- ) [CNZ]
  193. Haruki Murakami (1949- ) [B]
  194. Lady Murasaki (c.973-c.1014/25) [A]
  195. Les Murray (1938-2019) [A]
  196. Robert Musil (1880-1942) [B] [M]

  197. N

  198. Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977) [B] [C] [M]
  199. Sōseki Natsume (1867-1916) [B]
  200. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) [B] [M]
  201. E. Nesbit (1858-1924) [B]
  202. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) [C]

  203. O

  204. Kenzaburō Ōe (1935- ) [B]
  205. Michael Ondaatje (1943- ) [C]
  206. Oliver Onions (1873-1961) [B]

  207. P

  208. Hershel Parker (1935- ) [M]
  209. Francis Parkman (1823-1893) [A]
  210. John Payne (1842-1916) [A]
  211. Georges Perec (1936-1982) [B] [M]
  212. Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) [A] [M]
  213. David Pinault [F]
  214. Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) [B]
  215. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) [F] [M]
  216. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) [A] [B]
  217. Tim Powers (1952- ) [B] [M]
  218. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) [B] [M]
  219. T. F. Powys (1875-1953) [B]
  220. Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939) [B]
  221. William H. Prescott (1796-1859) [A]
  222. Harry Price (1881-1948) [A]
  223. Marcel Proust (1871-1922) [B] [M]

  224. R

  225. Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823) [M]
  226. Peter Reading (1946-2011) [CNZ]
  227. Mary Renault (1905-1983) [B]
  228. Michael Roberts (1902-1948) [M]
  229. Harold Robbins (1916-1997) [F]
  230. Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo) (1860–1913) [B]
  231. Jack Ross (1962- ) [F]
  232. Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974) [A]

  233. S

  234. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) [B] [M]
  235. Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) [B] [M]
  236. Rosie Scott (1948-2017) [N]
  237. W. G. Sebald (1944-2001) [A][B] [M]
  238. Sei Shōnagon (c.966–1017) [C]
  239. Maurice Shadbolt (1932-2004) [B]
  240. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) [A1] [A2]
  241. Tina Shaw (1961- ) [F]
  242. Mary Shelley (1797-1851) [M]
  243. Shi Nai'an (c.1296-1372) [A]
  244. Robert Silverberg (1935- ) [B]
  245. Iain Sinclair (1943- ) [B] [M]
  246. Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) [B]
  247. Stephen Spender (1909-1995) [M]
  248. C. K. Stead (1932- ) [B] [N]
  249. John Steinbeck (1902-1968) [B]
  250. George Steiner (1929–2020) [B]
  251. John L. Stephens (1805-1852) [A] [M]
  252. Mary Stewart (1916-2014) [B]
  253. Bram Stoker (1847-1912) [B] [M]
  254. Irving Stone (1903-1989) [B]
  255. T. G. H. Strehlow (1908–1978) [B]
  256. William Styron (1925-2006) [B]
  257. Montague Summers (1880-1948) [B]

  258. T

  259. Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886-1965) [B]
  260. Alice Tawhai [F]
  261. Dennis Tedlock (1939-2016) [C]
  262. Philip Temple (1939- ) [N]
  263. D. M. Thomas (1935- ) [B]
  264. Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) [B] [M]
  265. Edward Thomas (1878-1917) [B] [M]
  266. Rhydian Thomas [N]
  267. R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) [B] [M]
  268. Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) [B] [C]
  269. James Thurber (1894-1961) [B]
  270. Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017) [F]
  271. J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) [A]
  272. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) [A] [M]
  273. Henry Torrens (1806–1852) [B] [M]
  274. Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989) [B]
  275. Mark Twain (1837-1910) [B]

  276. V

  277. Jack Vance (1916-2013) [A]
  278. Jules Verne (1828-1905) [M1] [M2]
  279. Julius Vogel (1835-1899) [N]
  280. Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) [B]
  281. Richard von Sturmer (1957- ) [C]

  282. W

  283. Helen Waddell (1889-1965) [B]
  284. H. Russell Wakefield (1888-1964) [B]
  285. Derek Walcott (1930-2017) [CNZ]
  286. Arthur Waley (1889-1966) [B] [M]
  287. Rex Warner (1905-1986) [M]
  288. Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) [B]
  289. Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) [B]
  290. Ian Wedde (1946- ) [CNZ]
  291. H. G. Wells (1866-1946) [B] [F] [M]
  292. Albert Wendt (1939– ) [B] [M] [N]
  293. Patrick White (1912-1990) [B]
  294. T. H. White (1906-1964) [B]
  295. Summer Wigmore (2013- ) [N]
  296. Charles Williams (1886-1945) [A]
  297. Colin Wilson (1931-2013) [M]
  298. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) [B]
  299. P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975) [B]
  300. Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) [B] [M]
  301. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) [B]
  302. Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) [B] [C]
  303. Leonard Woolf (1880-1969) [B]
  304. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) [B]
  305. John Wyndham (1903-1969) [B]

  306. Y

  307. Frances A. Yates (1899-1981) [B] [M]
  308. W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) [B]
  309. Banana Yoshimoto (1964- ) [B]




Robert Alter: The Hebrew Bible (2019)

Series & Themes:

  1. American Civil War (1861-1865) [A] [M]
  2. Ancient Indian Epics [A]
  3. Arabian Nights Bibliography (1704-2016) [F] [Scheherazade's Web]
  4. Arabian Nights Chronology (800-2016) [Scheherazade's Web]
  5. Arabian Nights Concordance (1704-1990) [Scheherazade's Web]
  6. The Arabian Nights in Spanish (1934-2016) [A]
  7. The Bible (c.1400-400 BC / c.50-200 AD) [A] [C]
  8. Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (1931- ) [M]
  9. The Bodley Head Editions (1958-1994) [A]
  10. Britannica Great Books of the Western World (1952) [M]
  11. British Ballads (1765- ) [A]
  12. Clarkson N. Potter Annotated Editions (1960-1986) [A]
  13. D-Day (6 June, 1944) [A]
  14. Eighteenth Century Books [A]
  15. Fairy Tales (1697- ) [M]
  16. The Folio Society (1947- ) [A] [M]
  17. Greek Historians (c.100 BCE-100 CE) [A]
  18. The Icelandic Sagas (1960-2002) [A1] (1997) [A2]
  19. Kalila and Dimna (c.800 BCE) [M]
  20. The Landmark Ancient Histories (1996- ) [A]
  21. The Library of America (1979- ) [M]
  22. The Library Edition of the British Poets (1853-1860) [A]
  23. The Loeb Classics (1912- ) [A]
  24. Longman Annotated English Poets (1965- ) [A]
  25. New Zealand Feature Films (1977-2021) [A]
  26. NZSF Chronology (1863-2020) [N]
  27. The Nonesuch Library (1927-77) [A]
  28. Norton Annotated Editions (2000- ) [A]
  29. Omnibuses (1930-1985) [A]
  30. Oxford Books of Verse (1900- ) [A]
  31. Oxford English Texts (1912- ) [A]
  32. Oxford Myths and Legends (1954- ) [A]
  33. Penguin English Poets (1971-1983) [A]
  34. Penguin Modern European Poets (1958-1984) [M]
  35. Penguin Modern Poets (1962-1983) [M]
  36. Penguin Poets in Translation (1996-2005) [A] [M]
  37. Poetry New Zealand (1951-2022) [B] [M]
  38. The Reynard Library (1950-71) [A]
  39. Russian Foreign Languages Publishing House (1946-64) [M]
  40. Scottish Poets (1425- ) [A]
  41. Sir John Lubbock's 100 Books (1887) [M]