by admin | Feb-19-2008
Each week, the National Book Critics Circle will post a list of five books a critic believes reviewers should have in their libraries. We recently heard from Helen Vendler, A . Kinglsey Porter University Professor at Harvard University, and a three-time NBCC finalist. Here is what she pointed out as worth keeping in your library at all times.
The Bible, with a concordance: It lies behind English and American literature.
Shakespeare: A never-failing resource of the poetic imagination.
an Etymological Dictionary: For the ground of meaning of all words
the OED: For the history of the meaning of a word
an en face Horace: To see a set of classical lyrics with many genres, no wasted words, and an impregnable structure.
Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.
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