Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

The post appeared first on Vulpes Libris in June 2016. Maus is Art Spiegelman’s graphic memoir of his father Vladek, a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor. It was published originally in two … Continue reading

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Coming Up this week on Vulpes Libris

It’s been a busy weekend for lots of people, so we’re re-posting an apposite review from last year to start this new era off. In contrast, Simon and Hilary are … Continue reading

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The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

In her 1912 novel The Reef , Edith Wharton – that uncomfortably shrewd observer of the human condition – produced one of the finest descriptions of ‘life’ I’ve ever read. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Amazing Grace

This 2007 biography of the anti-slavery campaigner and British politician of the eighteenth century, William Wilberforce, begins with a foreword from the then President of Wilberforce University, which he describes … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 6 Comments

Guilty Pleasures

Like many people, I often go through my public library’s catalog and place books on hold. Naturally, they all become available at once and then it’s a challenge to read … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Here in the south of England we’ve just had a tiny taste of winter – about an inch of snow that is still against the odds hanging around after a … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

New Grub Street by George Gissing

Scholarly, anxious Edwin Reardon had achieved a precarious career as the writer of serious fiction. On the strength of critical acclaim for his fourth novel, he has married the refined … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 4 Comments

Group Post:Reading Resolutions

This time of year, many people make resolutions. You know the regular ones-go on a diet or to the gym, eat healthier, learn a new language, tackle whatever big project … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Arnold Bennett’s A Man from the North

Arnold Bennett wrote A Man from the North, his first novel, in 1896, finishing it shortly before his 29th birthday. Bennett, like its central character Richard Larch, had travelled south … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Coming Up This Week….and in 2017

We’re back! Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Break and are welcoming in the new year. The Foxes have Big Plans for 2017, not least, because it will be our … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

From All of Us, to All of You …

  And that’s it for this year. The Book Foxes have exchanged presents and cards and are off to their individual lairs to celebrate the coming festive season, each in … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

John Aubrey. My Own Life, by Ruth Scurr

It’s a strange thing, deferred gratification. Ruth Scurr’s ingenious reconstruction of John Aubrey’s life story has been sitting on my bedside table for most of the past year, until I … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Probably O. Henry’s best known work, this perennial holiday story doesn’t contain any cute little reindeer or snow people. It’s about a young couple who are trying to find the … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Dear Father Christmas, by Alan Durant. Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

A Vulpes Classic, originally posted in 2013, but worth another look. At the risk of incurring the wrath of my fellow Bookfoxes and Xmasphobes everywhere, I’m going to talk about … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)