“”When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant – a combined gardener and cook – had seen in at least ten years.” - ”A Rose for Emily”
I can blame the Tolkien obsession on my brothers. But my Faulkner obsession has the blame laid squarely on Carol Mooney, my high school English teacher (both for Freshman and AP). In AP English we read The Sound and the Fury and I was hooked for life. And as for the collection, you can actually blame that on Veronica. It was when she bought the Signet copy of Sanctuary because of how awesome the cover was, in spite of the fact that I already had it, that I started opening myself to collecting various editions of books. Before I met her I owned precisely 1 copy of Lord of the Rings and 1 copy of The Sound and the Fury.
There is a competition going. Looking in my Book Register (of course I have a spreadsheet that has all this information – read this and stop asking silly questions), the Faulkner collection currently encompasses 314 books for a total of 114273 pages. The Tolkien collection only has 188 books for 88201 pages. Of course, Tolkien only wrote two novels while Faulkner wrote 20. And the Faulkner collection has probably only grown by about a shelf since we came to Boston, whereas the Tolkien collection has probably doubled in size. Clearly they are the two collecting passions in my life (if by the two, you don’t count Star Wars, the Modern Library, the Viking Portable Library, Harry Potter or Lego). (more…)