Collier's Junior Classics. and other stories
So, we have a new category .. for anyone who likes to read. I don't watch much TV (except some sports - go CAPS!), but don't get me wrong .. not watching TV doesn't mean I am on some higher plane. I read good books and crappy books, just as most people who prefer TV watch good shows and crappy shows. I still think The Other Side of Midnight is a good book, for crying out loud.
So. My grandma bought Collier's Junior Classics in 1938, for my mom. I think that was already a rewrite; the original was in 1915 or something like that. There are 10 volumes. Poetry, Heroes, Myths, all kinds of things. I devoured those books when I was a child. The one I remember most is one of the poems .. God's Judgement on a Wicked Bishop (I've always been into the macabre .. in 4th grade, when we had to memorize a poem, I chose "The Raven" while everyone else chose the shortest poem they could find). I remembered that poem enough to research its history several years ago and found out that yes, there was a Bishop Hatto, and yes, it was in the times of famine and plague. He didn't burn a bunch of peasants. But the rats did eat the grain and spread the plague.
I volunteer for our local library, and we're having a fundraiser. So I dragged those books out of my basement and they will be valued by an expert - the library has a few experts who volunteer and value the special books. My collection is even more special, because we have the learning guide which goes along with the books (apparently, in 4th grade, you're capable of reading about a wicked bishop who burns his peasants, and is then devoured alive by ten thousand rats). Parents these days would faint at what was considered acceptable reading at various grade levels in 1938. I'll have to copy the reading guide before I donate it (it's bound in plastic so it can be put on a scanner), so I can make the PDF available. But what a great legacy for my grandma, who taught English and passed that love of reading on through our family. Those books she bought for my mom will continue making a difference for other young readers, while helping raise money for our new library in my small town.
Another book I just read - I thought I had read everything by Asimov .. is Robot Dreams. Short stories, at the very beginning of his robot books. The laws of robotics were still scary.
Let's talk books.