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.

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

George Orwell’s Letters, Essays, Journalism

  I told my English teacher brother-in-law that I’d bought the four-volume 1968 edition of George Orwell’s Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters, as edited by Sonia Orwell (volume 3 was … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

To be honest, I’m still in shock that January has rolled around so quickly. It feels like only the other day I was pondering putting up the Christmas decorations, and … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Road to Wigan Pier, by George Orwell

The Bookfoxes’ Shelf of Shame Week There it has been on the bookshelf, for years and years, The Road to Wigan Pier, a 1970s Penguin edition (this is the image … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 12 Comments

1Q84 (Book One and Book Two) by Haruki Murakami

Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin When 1Q84 was published in Japan in 2009, bookshops all but sold out within a day. More than 1 million copies were sold … Continue reading

October 18, 2011 · 11 Comments

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin completed We in 1921, only for it to gain the dubious honour of becoming the first book to be banned by Glavlit, the newly created Soviet censors. Yet … Continue reading

August 24, 2010 · 7 Comments

Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell

“Before, he had fought against the money code, and yet he had clung to his wretched remnant of decency. But now it was precisely from decency that he wanted to … Continue reading

February 3, 2010 · 9 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

This week on Vulpes Libris we have poets and revolutionaries, sex and betrayal, the past and the present.  Or, in the case of some posts, all of the above. On … Continue reading

January 31, 2010 · 1 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.)