Sunday, May 07, 2006



Blogger eb:

My ability to read the bindings of books from a distance are not what they used to be, but you appear to have more Oxford World Classics than Penguin Classics. I find that vaguely disturbing.

5/08/2006 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

OUP in the field visible in that photo offers pretty excellent scholarship for price. That's not to say that Penguin is better represented in the non-visible fields, because it isn't.

5/08/2006 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger eb:

Somewhere on someone's blog comments I'm on record saying I've found the notes and intros better in OUP than in Penguin editions, but somehow I've ended up with more of the latter. Of course the fields I study tend not to use texts that appear in either of those collections - for example, I could probably finish my dissertation without reading a work of fiction if I didn't want to, though I may pick up some of the political philosophy classics - but that's another story.

5/08/2006 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

I know about ending up with non-preferential editions. I have five editions of one important, popularish primary text. It just gradually become important to me, and along the way, I piled up crappy, second-language, and insufficient editions of it.

That's what I now try to short-circuit intermediate steps by buying the most authoritative edition of anything I'm vaguely interested in. If it's not worth buying a proper edition, you'd better check it out of the library.

5/08/2006 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Wolfson:

Where are your kingdoms 1 and 2?

5/09/2006 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Marilee Scott:

Deleted 'em, with all their wee inhabitants.

5/10/2006 06:53:00 PM  

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