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September 7, 2006 Volume 37 / Number 1

 

Christmas in July

This summer Meriam Library obtained two collections of small press books—a large one for an amazingly low price and a smaller one as a donation.

Dalkey Archive Press is one of America's finest literary publishers. They had a warehouse sale this summer offering the 128-volume Dalkey Archive Library Collection normally priced at $3,829.45 for a mere $1,000. That’s a lot of bang per buck per book.

A series search of "Dalkey Archive Library Collection" from the author/title/subject browse search in the online catalog reveals an incredible lineup of established authors like Robert Coover, Donald Barthelme, Gertrude Stein, Ishmael Reed, Ariel Dorfman, Gilbert Sorrentino, and William Gass; current authors such as Curtis White, Scott Zwiren, and Rikki Ducornet; and translations of Boris Vian, Camilo Jose Cela, Juan Goytisolo, Viktor Shklovsky, and many more. My favorite title in the bunch is Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant by Aurelie Sheehan.

If you’re looking for a wide variety of good reads, try the Dalkey books, which are intershelved with the other literary works in PQ-PT of the Main Collection, the New Books shelves on the third floor of the Library right by the elevators, and the Popular Collection on the second floor.

We also received a donation of five books by Daniel Curzon, a gay rights pioneer and noted author. Curzon relates that “I write because I want to capture the various realities of human experience and make them bearable and beautiful. In particular I like to write about gay people because their worlds have been unreported except in the most censorious and demeaning ways for centuries and centuries… The day of greater openness, at least in the Western world, has certainly dawned, and it is easier to get gay material read and published these days, but, interestingly, I have won far more prizes for the non-gay writing I have done and likewise don’t have to face the same antagonism and resistance” (Contemporary Authors Online).

We are hoping to schedule Mr. Curzon for one of the Conversations on Diversity this semester.

—Jim Dwyer, Meriam Library
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