Friday, July 6, 2018


In April, I think, when Alison I were “rescuing” a few things from the house like family photos, some of which were then shared at my father’s memorial service, I stole a boxed set of two beautiful hardback books: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. What makes this 1943 set so special is that both books are illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. They are stunning. I vividly remember reading this edition of Wuthering Heights, loving the artsy two-column format of the pages. I am 99.99% sure that my mother will not notice their absence, given the thousands of volumes in the house. Sometimes one chooses to not ask for a no.

(Check out this slideshow someone posted.) 


  1. Beautiful.

    My mother is a Bronte scholar. I am going to have to show her this!

    And yes, you should definitely have taken them. They are yours--hoarders just want the stuff they rarely value it.

  2. Wow, as you said, stunning. Great rescue/steal.

  3. Great last line. And the video was a bonus.

  4. I too support your well-deserved acquisitions. Someone has to be the caretaker of these beauties.

  5. If it ever becomes necessary, I will be your alibi. Those books deserved rescuing.