Friday, October 11, 2013


Lounging Books

Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Walpoliana, ed. John Pinkerton (Dublin: B. Smith, 1800), pp. 166-167:
I sometimes wish for a catalogue of lounging books—books that one takes up in the gout, low spirits, ennui, or when one is waiting for company. Some novels, gay poetry, odd whimsical authors, as Rabelais, &c. &c. A catalogue raisonné of such might be itself a good lounging book. I cannot read mere catalogues of books; they give me no ideas.

I changed the grave accent to an acute accent and fixed the gender (catalogue in French is masculine), as others who quote this passage do.

Jehan Georges Vibert (1840-1902), Lisant Rabelais

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