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.

Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought. ~o~O~o~ Much of Tennyson’s finest poetry is informed by … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to our 9th Annual Poetry Week! It’s the week every spring where Vulpes Libris highlights the undervalued art of verse. This year we have a bit more of a … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Rude and rowdy Roman poets

Guest reviewer Colin Fisher has been reading Roman poetry ….  We all, I am sure, have images of Ancient Rome – the Empire and the city. Mine are probably a … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Schubert’s Winter Journey. Anatomy of an Obsession, by Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge has sung Schubert’s monumental song-cycle Winterreise in public performance at least 100 times in the past 30 years. This exquisite book is the result of all his study … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

When we were planning this week, Bookfox Kate suggested this poem to me and I thought it was a great idea. I’ve read lots of Tennyson’s works, but to my … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

To the Heart of Rest …

The location is 1930s Oxford. At the edges of the story the clouds of war are starting to gather, but they are of no immediate or direct relevance to the … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 13 Comments

How to take a poem apart

First, why do this? Because if you can find the poem’s structure, you’ll know more about it. You’ll know what the poet was working from when she was fitting the … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Romantics weren’t all boys

Imagine a conventional literary scene: men and women writing, arguing, publishing, in ‘creative dialogue’ with each other, as the textbooks have it, and selling well, or less well, or struggling. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · 12 Comments

“Often rebuked …” by Emily Brontë?

A Question of Attribution Often rebuked, yet always back returning To those first feelings that were born with me, And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning For idle dreams … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 7 Comments

Fox Gospel: an exhibition of writing and imagery by Rafael Torrubia and Tessa Asquith-Lamb

The City Libraries in Edinburgh have been putting on some great events recently: talks with well-known authors in the main Central library, interactive chatty events in libraries all over the … Continue reading

October 13, 2010 · 7 Comments

Sunday Haiku by Anne Brooke

Disclaimer: Anne Brooke is my friend. She offered review copies; I jumped at the chance. A year in haiku. Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall; Autumn doesn’t scan. Some are seasonal; … Continue reading

October 5, 2010 · 12 Comments

Interview with Barnaby Edwards of Textbook Stuff

In the second of their audiobook publisher interviews, Vulpes Libris talk to Barnaby Edwards of new kid on the audio-block, Textbook Stuff. Oo:~~~ VL: You’re an actor by trade – … Continue reading

September 8, 2010 · 7 Comments

Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought. ~o~O~o~ Much of Tennyson’s finest poetry is informed by … Continue reading

May 26, 2010 · 7 Comments

Beginning with Guantanamera: learning about José Martí

Translator’s note:  One of the great things about Martí is his ability to invest one word with a multitude of meanings.  This is a tricky thing for the translator.  I … Continue reading

May 25, 2010 · 13 Comments

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