Thursday, March 25, 2010

Book Crush: Persephone Press








I have a new book crush {do you get book crushes?}. Persephone Press is a London-based press that specializes in neglected and relatively unknown female prose and fiction writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Their selection of titles is like a treasure chest of forgotten literary jewels. And each book is like a little piece of art work unto itself. The jackets are all the same from the outside -- a lovely understated gray, with classic cream labels. But, the interior of each title features a design that evokes the time and place of the words inside: Victorian, Art Nouveau, modern, etc. I want to read every single book in their catalog, from beginning to end...you know, in all my spare time...*wink*

::Check out their lovely online shop here. They provide a brief biography for each of their fascinating authors, as well!

8 comments:

Francy said...

Ooo, I will have to check it out. It sounds and looks absolutely lovely!

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{Tara} said...

Francy -- It's lovely. I could spend way too much money on these!

Queen Lucia said...

Thank you for posting about Persephone - I LOVE them! I have several of their books and am eagerly awaiting a new order. Discovering them was like finding the girls club I always wanted to belong to - literate and lovely. My hope is to visit their shop when I get to London in the next year or so (fingers crossed).

{Tara} said...

Lucia -- I agree. I told one of my girlfriend's that I wanted to start a book group and *only* read Persephone books!

ana b. said...

The patterns you've previewed in this post look so beautiful! Sometimes I buy vintage music sheets because they have lovely pattern on the front -- these remind me of the ones I have.

Sam said...

Oh dear! How dangerous! I have this obsession with collecting books even if it's only for their spines and jackets - maybe I shouldn't click on that link!

sarafina said...

Wow! I can't wait to look through everything. Exciting!

{Tara} said...

Ana -- I'm a total sucker for old patterns: quilts, wallpaper, tapestry! so lovely.

Sam -- You should click! do it!

Sara -- I know, and so many of the books are new to me.