Author: Edmund de Waal
To celebrate the publication of his much-anticipated new book The White Road, Edmund de Waal, potter and author of bestselling The Hare with the Amber Eyes, has looked back on his extraordinary life and selected the ten books that have most affected him.
PLUS these ten beautifully wrapped books will be delivered alongside a previously unpublished essay from Edmund de Waal explaining why he choose these books and how they have influenced his work and personal life.
About Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal is an artist whose porcelain is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Costa Biography Award and in 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction by Yale University.
This Book Box contains:
In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
An enchanting essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. Tanizaki's eye ranges widely and the result is a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age.
The Wrench by Primo Levi
'This is not a book for journalists. Civil servants, too, will feel uneasy while reading it, and as for lawyers, they will never sleep again. For it is about a man in his capacity as homo faber, a maker of things with his hands, and what has any of us ever made but words. I say it is "about" the man who makes; truly, it is more a hymn of praise than a description, and not only because the toiler who is the hero of the book is a hero indeed - a figure, in his humanity, simplicity, worthy of inclusion in the catalogue of mythical giants alongside Hercules, Atlas, Gargantua and Orion. He is Faussone, a rigger.' Bernard Levin, The Times
Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens
This collection of the work of one of the greatest modern poets was first published in America in 1954. The Collected Poems was prepared by Stevens himself, shortly before his death, and contains all of his published books of poetry, covering more than four decades.
Selected Poems by Geoffrey Hill
'Hill so entirely eclipses most of his contemporaries that it seems meaningless to rank in relation to them. Trumpets should be blown, garlands made ... loquacious, playful, wildly comic ... poignant. His greatness is as certain as that of the poets he invokes' Daily Telegraph
A Potter's Book by Bernard Leach (hardback)
Polemic, text book, anthology, diary written by Bernard Leach, the father of British studio pottery. This is the first treatise to be written by a potter on the workshop traditions handed down from the greatest period of Chinese ceramics in the Sung dynasty. It deals with four types of pottery: Japanese raku, English slipware, stoneware and oriental porcelain.
Illuminations by Walter Benjamin
The literary-philosophical works of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) rank among the most quietly influential of the post-war era. Illuminations contains his two most celebrated essays, 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History', as well as others on the art of translation, Kafka, storytelling, Baudelaire, Brecht's epic theatre, Proust and an anatomy of his own obsession, book collecting.
The Sleeping Lord by David Jones
These poems, assembled shortly before the author's death in 1974, are all set in parts of the Roman Empire, either in the Holy Land or on the Celtic fringes. They are animated by David Jones's Catholic faith and by his own experiences as a soldier.
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe
The Ninth Legion marched into the mists of northern Britain - and they were never seen again. Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost. It's a mystery that's never been solved, until now . . .
The Eagle of the Ninth is heralded as one of the most outstanding children's books of the twentieth century and has sold over a million copies worldwide.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Matsuo Basho
In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described a series of travels he undertook designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. They also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke became renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world.
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