Know Thy Shelf | 02

Hi, folks!

This is the second of a series of posts documenting my bookshelves.  I thought it would be interesting to create a meme/tag for it, so I am calling this series/meme/tag #knowthyshelf:

1) Book from this shelf you would save in an emergency:
  • Denktagebuch: 1950 – 1973, by Hannah Arendt, edited by Ursula Ludz and Ingeborg Nordmann (2016)
  • Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy – 1949-1975, by Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, edited by Carol Brightman (1995)
2) Book that has been in this shelf for the longest time:
  • The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, edited by Frances Beer (1986) – I bought this book in the early 2000’s…
3) Newest addition to this shelf:
  • Denktagebuch: 1950 – 1973, by Hannah Arendt, edited by Ursula Ludz and Ingeborg Nordmann (2016) – I bought this as soon as it was published, in 2016.
4) Book from this shelf you are most excited to read or reread:
  • Jane Austen’s Letters, edited by Deirdre Le Faye (2014)
5) Any poetry books?
  • Ich selbst, auch ich tanze: die Gedichte, by Hannah Arendt (2015)
6) Any nonfiction books?
  • “Darling Jane” Jane Austen – eine Biographie, by Christian Grawe (2010)
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism, by Hannah Arendt (1951)
  • On Revolution, by Hannah Arendt (1956)
  • The Human Condition, by Hannah Arendt (1958)
  • Between Past and Future, by Hannah Arendt (1961)
  • On Violence, by Hannah Arendt (1970)
  • The Life of the Mind, by Hannah Arendt, edited by Mary McCarthy (1971)
  • Ich will verstehen: Selbstauskunfte zu Leben und Werk, by Hannah Arendt, edited by Ursula Ludz (1995)
  • Hannah Arendt oder Die Liebe zur Welt, by Alois Prinz (1998)
  • Hannah Arendt, by Julia Kristeva, tr.  Ross Guberman (2003)
  • Denken ohne Geländer: Texte und Briefe, by Hannah Arendt, edited by Klaus Stadler and Heidi Bohnet (2006)
7) Most read author in this shelf:
  • Hannah Arendt!
And now a question for you:
8) What does this shelf tell you about me as a reader?

Last but not least: feel free to do this tag! I’d love to peruse your bookshelves 🙂

Yours truly,


Woman with flowers in a vase A. C. W. Duncan

12 thoughts on “Know Thy Shelf | 02

  1. That’s a lot of Hannah Arendt! I have just 1: On Revolution. Have you read it? When I’m less exhausted with politics, I will read it. That might be a while yet though.


  2. I have an autographed copy of the Auster…yet unread! Your meme is fascinating; I will consider it, but I doubt my shelves are as interesting as yours. It is intriguing to find out more about ourselves and others through our books, though.


    1. Thank you Bellezza! I am very curious to see your shelves, you read so widely. 🙂 And you are right: I am enjoying this exercise of learning about myself through my bookshelves. And I am finally organizing them!


  3. A lovely series and a lovely shelf! I also want to read all of Jane Austen’s surviving letters at some point. And it sounds like I really need to check out Hannah Arendt’s work too!


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