Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday Thingers

Today's question: Work multiples. Do you own multiple copies of any books? Which ones? Why? Can you share your list?

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My answer: Yes, I have a few multiples. Here's the list:
  1. Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (Vintage (1991), Paperback, 576 pages)
    Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (Random House (1990), Edition: BOMC, Hardcover, 555 pages)
  2. New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book by and for Women by Boston Boston womens health book collective (Touchstone (1996), Paperback, 752 pages)
    Our Bodies Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective (simon and schuster (1973), Paperback)
  3. A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems (New Directions Paperback No. 74) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (New Directions Publishing Corporation (1968), Paperback, 93 pages)
    A Coney Island of the Mind: 50th Anniversary Edition (with CD) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (New Directions (2008), Edition: 50 Har/Com, Hardcover, 96 pages)
  4. The Lover by Marguerite Duras (Pantheon (1998), Paperback, 128 pages)
    L'amant by Marguerite Duras (Editions de Minuit (1984), Broché, 143 pages)
  5. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (Flammarion (1991), Poche, 18 pages)
    Flowers of Evil; Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (Peter Pauper Press; Mount Vernon, N.Y.)
  6. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (Flap Jacket Press (2007), Paperback, 368 pages)
    Lace Reader, The: A Novel by Brunonia Barry (William Morrow (2008), Hardcover, 400 pages)
Possession is my favorite book, and I have a very well-read (and autographed) paperback, as well as a hardcover edition. I have the original paperback of Our Bodies, Ourselves, as well as a more recently-updated version. I got the 50th anniversary edition of A Coney Island of the Mind, one of my favorite volumes of poetry, on my recent vacation to San Francisco, and have (for now) decided to hold on to my old paperback. I decided to read (and keep) the two French books in both French and English because I have a nice, illustrated edition of the Baudelaire book and had to read the Duras novel in college. I was lucky enough to get a galley of the self-published version of The Lace Reader before Harper Collins picked it up, and I got a galley of that edition as well. I thought the self-published ARC was worth keeping for its uniqueness.