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Helene Hanff

HH's book collection

Fans have got in touch over the years, wanting a full list of all of the books which Helene bought from Marks & Co.  Here's the list, as compiled by fellow fan Diane Gross, should you wish to try to recreate Helene's library for yourself.

​Requested books (in A-Z order):

  1. Austen, Jane - Pride & Prejudice

  2. Beloc, Hilaire - essays

  3. Beowulf (mentioned, but HH said she had no interest in reading)

  4. Book Lover's Anthology

  5. Cassell's dictionary

  6. Cattulus - Loeb classic edition; (Latin text; verse trans. by Sir Richard Burton, prose trans. by Leonard Smithers--HH not a fan as the translators "cleaned up" the language)

  7. Chaucer - Canterbury Tales ("a modern English verison, not Old English or Anglo-Saxon")

  8. Chesterfield - essays

  9. de Coverely, Sir Roger - papers

  10. Delafield - Diary of a Provincial Lady

  11. De Tocqueville - Journey to America

  12. Donne, John - Complete Sermons (p.78 - FPD says the sermons an only be found in the 40-vol. complete works)

  13. "Elizabethan poets"

  14. Goldsmith - essays

  15. Grahame, Kenneth - Wind in the Willows (w/Sheppherd illus.)

  16. Greek New Testament

  17. Hazlitt - Selected Essays

  18. Horace - Loeb classic edition

  19. Hunt, Leigh - Essays

  20. Johnson on Shakespeare (Oxford pr. ed.)

  21. Jonson - love poems

  22. Lamb - Essays of Elia (MacDonald Illus. Classics); Tales from Shakespeare

  23. Landor, Walter Savage - Works & Life of (includes "Imaginary Conversations;" one is Aesop & Rhodope)

  24. Latin Bible

  25. Latin New Testament (Anglican Vulgate; dictionary to Vulgate)

  26. MacDonald Illustrated Classics

  27. Memoirs of (Louis the) Duke de Saint-Simon - trans. by Francis Arkwright

  28. Newman, John Henry - Ideas of a University

  29. Oxford Book of English Prose

  30. Oxford Book of English Verse

  31. Oxford Dictionary ("Shorter")

  32. Plato - Four Socratic dialogues (Oxford pr.)

  33. Plato - minor dialogues

  34. Pepys, Samuel - Diary

  35. Quiller-Couch - The Pilgrim's Way

  36. Sappho - Loeb classic edition

  37. Shaw, George Bernard - dramatic criticisms; music criticisms; correspondence with Ellen Terry; 30 vol. Standard ed.

  38. Stevenson - Virginibus Puerisque

  39. Tristram Shandy (MacDonald Illus. Classics)

  40. Walton - Compleat Angler, Lives

  41. Woolf, Virginia - Common Reader (2 vols)

  42. Wyatt - love poems.

 

Requested vocal scores:

  1. Bach - St. Matthews Passion

  2. Handel - Messiah

  3. Coates, Eric - London Suite

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