It was only after Penguin released their hardcover classics that I managed to get a copy of The Woman in White. I also had to order a set of Sherlock Holmes titles (My big leather-bound collection was too big to carry around and read comfortably). My library also did not carry single volume editions of any of those novels, which really surprised me-they only had The Hound of the Baskervilles.
I also had to search pretty hard to find a couple Gaskell titles, as well as some of the plays. I have been constantly surprised by what I have needed to search for. I also have to commend Barnes and Noble for their collection of classics. I have found quite a few titles through them that are a little more difficult to find otherwise. They also offer them at pretty amazing prices, so you really can't complain.
However, there are still titles that I have to order. I don't necessarily like to shop online. I prefer to order through the store or search for titles I need in used sections. But, sometimes you have to go online to find things that are only published by one publisher, or not in high demand (and saying that classics are not in high demand kind of kills me).
Anyway, at this point I own all but the "hard to find" titles off my list. And I don't know if they are hard to find simply because my stores don't stock them, or if they really are that obscure. In any case, I made one last little shopping trip online before my book buying ban went into place.
Here is what arrived:
From left to right...
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
- The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
- Winter in the Blood by James Welch
But this is where I struggle with my list. I created it based off the AP reading list, as well as a couple "Best of" lists I found online. And I am pretty sure that these came from that AP list. If I had such a hard time finding them, how many people have actually read these off the list? It can't be many.
Of the three, The Little Foxes was by far the hardest to find. I ended up ordering a slightly used copy (it looks brand new)-it is a copy that would usually be used by actors for play rehearsals.
As for the other two, I have searched for them since before I started this process and haven't seen either in any bookstore I have entered (I have a lost of books "to buy" in my purse at all times). But I am glad I finally have them, and they all look quite excellent.
What have you gone through to find a copy of a book? Any tips on finding old gems?