Releases Episode 2

I want to thank everyone for their feedback on Releases Episode 1, an experiment that I enjoyed. While Episode 2 is still called Releases (does anyone have a better name?), this episode should be familiar to those of you who have listened to Brian and I talk about NYRB Classics’ forthcoming slate. This week we did our semi-annual episode, talking about what NYRB Classics is releasing in the first half of 2015.

In the podcast, I bring up a GoodReads page that I keep current that lists the forthcoming NYRB Classics books and links to discussion pages about each book. You can find that here.

Here are the books we talk about (remember, these publication dates can change):


The Broken Road PBThe Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Publication Date: January 20, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Thus Were Their FacesThus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories
by Silvina Ocampo
Translated from the Spanish by Daniel Balderston
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


The DoorThe Door
by Magda Szabó
Translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


A LegacyA Legacy
by Sybille Bedford
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Onward and Upward in the GardenOnward and Upward in the Garden
by Katherine White
Publication Date: March 17, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Primitive Man as Philosopher 2Primitive Man as Philosopher
by Paul Radin
Publication Date: March 17, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Prometheus BoundPrometheus Bound
by Aeschylus
Translated from the Greek by Joel Agee.
Publication Date: March 24, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Take a Girl Like YouTake a Girl Like You
by Kingsley Amis
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Ending UpEnding Up
by Kingsley Amis
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Death of NapoleonThe Death of Napoleon
by Simon Leys
Translated from the French by Simon Leys and Patricia Clancy
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Naked EarthNaked Earth
by Eileen Chang
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


The PrankThe Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov
Translated from the Russian by Maria Bloshteyn
Publication Date: May 19, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


A School for FoolsA School for Fools
by Sasha Sokolov
Translated from the Russian by Alexander Boguslawski
Publication Date: May 19, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


A View of the HarbourA View of the Harbour
by Elizabeth Taylor
Publication Date: June 2, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


The Prince of Minor WritersThe Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm
Publication Date: June 9, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


The Peach Blossom Fan CoverThe Peach Blossom Fan
by K’ung Shang-jen
Translated from the Chinese by Chen Shih-hsiang and Harold Action, with the collaboration of Cyril Birch
Publication Date: June 16, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


The Little Town Where Time Stood StillThe Little Town Where Time Stood Still
by Bohumil Hrabal
Translated from the Czech by James Naughton
Publication Date: June 23, 2015

See the NYRB Classics publicity page here.


Let us know your thoughts on any of the books. We’d love to share your comments in future episodes.

 

13 thoughts on “Releases Episode 2

  1. Sybille Bedford’s A Legacy is superb: stylishly and elegantly written, intriguing characters and plot, wonderfully evoked setting; witty, moving, poignant. I wrote a piece about it in 2 parts, here and here on my blog. I’ve enjoyed these two podcasts, Trevor. Always good to hear what’s coming up on NYRB. And I quite like the fish on the Chekhov cover!

  2. Thanks for the links, Simon. I’ve heard great things about A Legacy, and it’s great to hear more great things!

    Have you read other Bedfords? Yesterday, NYRB Classics posted a photo on Instagram (here) that shows the box of A Legacy arriving at their office, and they imply rather explicitly (if that can still be considered an implication) to more Bedford being in the works: “And so the NYRB Classics-Sybille Bedford partnership begins!”

    Also, thanks for the feedback — I’m hoping to polish the “Releases” episodes a bit more, add some more interesting tidbits, and in general improve it, but I am enjoying it a lot and am glad to hear others are too :-) .

  3. Elizabeth Taylor: I’m sure John Self has mentioned her at some point, and I’ve read a few articles about her. Some fascinating things here, as ever.

  4. And isn’t that a fantastic cover for the Elizabeth Taylor??

    I hope it doesn’t change. Last year, I thought they had a beautiful cover for her collection of stories but that changed to one I’m not so keen on (you can see both on the GoodReads thread I made here).

  5. It is. But this is NYRB Classics! I expect no less by now. Which of their covers are your absolute favourites, Trevor? Off the top of my head I’d go for Don Carpenter, Gillian Rose and Simenon (Dirty Snow).

  6. Oh boy, now you’ve done it. I will work up a list! I’ve actually been meaning to make this a part of our discussion of forthcoming topics, and I was glad Brian brought the covers up a bit this time. One he said is his favorite, and it’s certainly up therefor me, is The Three Christs of Ypsilanti. I’ll give this some thought (and it will be pleasant) and get back!

  7. The Taylor cover looks like painting by Cornish naive artist Alfred Wallis, probably of Newquay harbour (near where I live!)

  8. Well, I need to come visit, Simon! And you’re right about Alfred Wallis being the painter. The painting is called The Hold House Port Mear Square Island Port Mear Beach. Thanks for pointing him out! I didn’t know of him until you mentioned him, and a bit of googling and here he is in the Tate :-) . So Brian was wrong about the green outcropping being a tree.

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  9. I do hope that’s the final image and that it doesn’t change as last year’s cover for Taylor’s You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There, which went from this:

    You'll Enjoy It When You Get There

    To this:

    You'll Enjoy It When You Get There (new)

  10. On reflection it’s more likely St Ives, where Wallis lived. Port Mear is prob his spelling of Porthmeor beach. The Tate gallery now overlooks it.

  11. I have only briefly visited that area, Simon (stayed with a family in Falmouth for a week or so back in 2004), but I loved it. So thrilled to learn about this painter and your relationship to the area!

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