I Love Faber Finds!

A while back, I wrote about my interest in getting deeper into the work of Joyce Cary. Cary is the author of one of my favorite “arts-based” novels called “The Horse’s Mouth”. BTW, he wrote a non-fictionbook called “Art and Reality”, and I am reading that now.

I was able to buy a first edition of TheHorse’s Mouth as a collector’s item, and I wanted an edition that I could read and use as well. I snared that from Heywood Hill in London and it was just delivered today. It is a “Faber Finds” edition that came out in 2009.

So what is Faver Finds all about?

Faber Finds restores to print (and debuts in ebook) great writing across every genre of fiction and non-fiction.

Founded in 2008 as part of Faber and Faber, the list now numbers over a thousand titles, by authors ranging from Count Leo Tolstoy and Franz Kafka to Patrick Hamilton and Robert Aickman; Samuel Johnson and Lord Blake to Nina Bawden and Federico Garcia Lorca; Joseph Bronowski and Joseph Conrad to A. J. P. Taylor and F. R. Leavis; Thomas Bernhard and Brigid Brophy to Sean O’Casey and Conor Cruise O’Brien.

Readers are warmly invited to suggest new titles and authors to add to an ever-growing list of previously lost or neglected works of literary distinction.

BTW, the Faber Finds edition of The Horse’s Mouth is a very nice paperback. More important, I like the idea that a publisher of printed books will bring items back into print if they find out there is sufficient interest.

It is important for two reasons. First, it provides an incentive for readers to explore more and go deeper into the works of authors who are not mainstream. We need not settle for recommendations from NYT bestseller lists or other curation tools. We can go our own way-  Second, it is the starting point for building ecologies of interest around authors and ideas. Implicit in the Faber Finds promise is that folks will come together to demand certain authors that they want more of. This would be fun indeed!

Both are important. Let’s see if we can go further!

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