I want to buy a bunch of books from Everyman's Library. Which books are definitely worth buying?
I'd disagree. I own both OWCs and Everyman's -- the only differences are that Everyman are much nice to read from, and that Oxford (only sometimes) has better supplementary material.
There are only two Mann translations into English - HT Lowe Porter who was more or less contemporaneous with Mann, and John Woods who translated most of Mann's works (and all of the major ones) over the last few decades. The Woods translations are completely superior to the HT Lowe Porter ones, so always go for him when possible.
Woods translates a lot of other German stuff as well. Of particular interest coming up is Zettels Traum.
It's a pretty widely accepted opinion that Woods is just an upgrade to Lowe Porter. See for example-
For some more detailed breakdowns. Lowe Porter's prose is definitely more archaic/pompous/stately than Woods, who tends to be more readable for modern readers in terms of colloquialisms and pacing. Woods definitely reads easier and clearer in many spots.
FWIW I read Magic Mountain and Doctor Faustus in both the Lowe Porter and Woods translations and I think Woods is always better for a first time reader. Someone who wants to go really deep into the Mann rabbit hole might, for very idiosyncratic reasons, prefer Lowe Porter in certain highly specific spots, but that definitely doesn't apply here.
>buy old book
>glorious dusty book smell
>retro 70s cover or even older leatherbound edition
>can look at the prices of various currencies on the back and compare how they perform to how they compare today
>my 72 copy of Slaughterhouse V called the Dresden bombing "the worst holocaust of World War II"
old books are fucking great.
I own the 1922 version of Uysses, first editions of BNW, 1984, F451(paperback), Moby Dick, War of the World, DADoES? Gravity Rainbow and many more… yet I still like and prefer Everyman's edition. What is your point?
Everything: Mann, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol; if you're into crime fiction, all the Hammett and Chandler and Cain
Nice to have in hardcover: Moby-Dick, Ulysses
Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy
John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom
George Orwell's Essays
Michel de Montaigne's Complete Works (good translation)
Homer's Iliad and Odyssey (trans. by Robert Fitzgerald)
Virgil's Aeneid (trans. by Robert Fitzgerald)
Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Dante's The Divine Comedy (trans. by Allen Mandelbaum)
Alexander Pushkin's The Collected Stories (good translation)
Albert Camus' The Plague/The Fall/Exile and the Kingdom/Selected Essays
Joan Didion's We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live (collected non-fiction)
Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch/Blow-Up/We Love Glenda So Much
And there's a lot of other good stuff depending on your taste.
By the way, some interesting trivia...
Everyman's was going to publish a nice hardcover of Gravity's Rainbow, but it never happened:
>Around 1990, Everyman's Library acquired a license from Viking Penguin to publish a new edition of Gravity's Rainbow. All titles in the Everyman's Library series include a newly-written introduction. After consulting with Thomas Pynchon's agent, the American editor of Everyman's Library commissioned me to write the introduction to the new edition. I did so; the text was approved by Mr. Pynchon's agent, and I received full payment for it from Everyman's Library. The novel and introduction were set in type, and the announcement reproduced above appeared in the Knopf catalogue distributed in mid-1995.
>The edition was never printed, however, because the license granted to Everyman's Library by Viking Penguin was limited to (if I remember correctly) five years. Viking Penguin reminded Everyman's Library that those five years had already passed; Everyman's Library asked for an extension of the license, but Viking Penguin declined. At this point, Everyman's Library had no legal right to issue its edition, and abandoned its plans to publish.
I hope it actually happens one day.
If you're wondering why they have Pynchon's young face on the cover even though, you know... it's because all the dust jackets of twentieth-century books that they publish have the author's photograph on the cover. So they chose their motif and consistency over... whatever.
i vote for this one
Oxford, the oldest university in the world, and partly responsible of cultivating the English language into what it is today, could not give two measly shits that your autism leads you to not by their books.
The fact that you cannot appreciate, or at least tolerate, that the English language is something that is in flux, and dependent on various factors including geography, culture and the time it was written, speaks volumes about how obstinate you are.
Try reading some books. Variant spellings of words exist everywhere you look. Fuck you.
I think they do sometimes glue the binding, but it's for like, super short books like Heart of Darkness or The Stranger.
I'm getting The Cossacks by Tolstoy from them (novella length) in the mail tomorrow. I'll report with back with pictures.
>I own the 1922 version of Uysses, first editions of BNW, 1984, F451(paperback), Moby Dick, War of the World, DADoES? Gravity Rainbow and many more…
Following up on >>7583666
As you can see, the book has far fewer than 600 pp., and the signatures are sewn.