Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Thingers


This week's question: Legacy libraries. With which legacy libraries do you share books? Tell us a little about a couple of them and what you share.

This is my first time participating in Tuesday Thingers. It seems I share the most books with Ernest Hemingway, 155 of them, including one which only him and I have in our libraries. That one, surprising, is The Mother by Scholem Asch. I've been in his Key West home by the way, if you ever get the opportunity to take the tour (it's very informal and they're very open to questions) you'll be glad you did. I started reading Hemingway when I joined The Book of the Month Club and said I was eighteen, I was actually sixteen.

Aaron Copeland is another who shares a book with me and no one else. That is Night-ride, haiku by Lee J. Richmond. The author sent it to me years ago when I was first publishing my own haiku.

Walker Percy is a close second after Hemingway with 130 books. He is the only writer mentioned in this post who I have not read-yet.

Among the poets, Carl Sandburg and I share 125 books, including those of Thomas Wolfe, my all-time favourite author. Sylvia Plath comes next with 40, William Butler Yeats with 20, ee cummings with 12.

Karen Blixen, whom I still think of as Isak Dinesen since that's the name I read her under for years, shares 57 of my books; as does Danilo Kis. And Theodore Dreiser comes in at 38.

I share 16 with Tupac Shakur, mostly of African American interest. And 13 each with Franz Kafka and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I am surprised to find several writers whose names I am unfamiliar with in the legacy Library; Alfred Deakin and Samuel Roth for example. Has anyone read them and can you suggest what might be good to start with?

A fascinating question that was fun to investigate. Now, I'm off to see what others wrote for this feature.

8 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Sadly, I didn't match with anyone.

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  2. I share the high match with Percy and Hemingway!
    The only book of Percy's that I have read is Love in The Ruins, which I thought was a memorable but odd book.
    His most famous, and the one that is usually considered his best, book is The Moviegoer. I have not read it...but it is on my list...a long list. But if you want to read him, I would start with those two.

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  3. Wow, I think you share the most so far. I'm impressed! Do you like Hemingway?

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  4. There was alot of those authors I had not heard of either. Yeap I think you have the largest matching up with authors I have seen. =)
    Kathy

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  5. Welcome to Tuesday Thingers! I'm impressed that your library is so complete.

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  6. Wow, you share a lot Sandra. I wanted to view your library but Library Thing is down.:( I enjoy looking at others' libraries as well as the legacy libraries.

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  7. Sandra, you have a lot of interesting overlaps! The most interesting library I share with is Sylvia Plath.

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  8. Wow! I didnt know you could find out all of that on Library Thing! I am new to LT and still figuring it out.

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