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Happy Birthday Max!
"If you are not discouraged about your writing on a regular basis, you may not be trying hard enough. Any challenging pursuit will encounter frequent patches of frustration. Writing is nothing if not challenging."--Maxwell Perkins
Bed time had always been Perkins favorite time of the day, those few minutes just before falling asleep when he could "steer his dreams." In those final moments of wakefulness Maxwell Perkins recurringly transported himself back to Russia in 1812--the scene of his favorite book, War and Peace. Night after night his mind filled with visions of Napoleon's army retreating from Moscow in the frost and early winter snow. On mornings in Vermont after Tolstoi's character' s had paraded before him, he insisted that his dreams were more more vivid and that he slept more soundly in Windsor than anywhere else.
Of course, here at the Snapdragon we feel it is imperative that character research be conducted at Perkins' home, and we welcome Mr. Penn and the rest of the cast to stop in, relax on the porch, stroll the woods around Lake Runnemede, and soak in the history of Perkins where it happened. And if they can't make it, so be it - more room for you to do the same!
Yesterday we received our book order for the library. We worked with Strand Book Store in NYC and they came up with a fantastic selection of books related to Maxwell Perkins his writers, his times and Vermont history . Before we ordered she sent a picture of the selection of books and a detail of each one. Pretty cool way to start a library and just love the custom feel of the whole experience. We do have a few books here and there to add to this foundational collection. We are also VERY glad we didn't go with floor to ceiling shelves as that would have been SO MANY books. This is much more manageable.
A little info on Strand: In 1927, Ben Bass opened Strand Book Store on Fourth Avenue, home of New York's legendary Book Row. Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, which started in the 1890's and ran from Union Square to Astor Place. Today, the Strand is the sole survivor.
We love that it is a family business just like us!
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We wanted to get the books onto the shelves but we have yet to style them. That is a post in and of itself!