English Literature

Literature in the English Language has a profound influence on every generation, to a greater or lesser extent. Most of us will have recollections of listening to a story and even reading our first poem or novel; some relish the memory of studying English Literature at school while others will cringe but everyone will have a favourite title or even a character from a piece of writing such as Mr Darcy or James Bond, or Mrs. Dalloway or Bridget Jones.

The major early authors, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, etc., have withstood the test of time and fickleness of fashion and others brought back into favour by the stimulus of film; Anthony Trollope and Elizabeth Gaskell immediately spring to mind; whereas the early exponents of the novel, Defoe and Fielding are largely forgotten or only remembered for one work.

Major events act as a catalyst for some of the most salient and profound writing, often in the face of horrific suffering, as with the war poets or from domestic experiences such as the miserable first marriages of T.S. Eliot and Thomas Hardy. Conversely, for the reader it is often an event, positive or negative that helps us to relate to a specific piece of writing or even author from adolescence to old age; Franz Kafka said; ‘I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us…’, whereas Voltaire was of the opinion; ‘Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world’. Whichever school of thought we relate to there is no denying the importance and relevance of a good read and the privilege of owning a special edition.

Roddy Newlands

Roddy Newlands

Modern Firsts & Children's Books

With a background in both retail & auction aspects of the rare book trade, a focus on Modern First Editions and digital marketing experience, Roddy is a welcome recent addition to our team.

Angus Robb

Angus Robb

Contemporary Literature

Since his under-graduate days Angus dealt in books on a part-time basis until taking a…

Bernard Shapero

Bernard Shapero

CEO, Shapero Rare Books

Bernard is an experienced international dealer in rare books and works on paper. He began dealing…

Julian Mackenzie

Julian Mackenzie

Head of the Travel Department

Julian heads the travel book department. He has been in the rare book trade for…

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