Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recollections of the Vine Hunt

That is the James Edward Austen Leigh's first book, the success of which subsequently inspired him to write down his recollections of his Aunt Jane. I am trying to decide which is more astonishing: that he thought it more important to document how hunting practices had changed since his youth than to note down the living memories associated with one of the greatest writers in the English language; or that the book, which I expected to track down with great difficulty if at all perhaps in the noncirculating collection of the New York Public Library, is available digitally from the comfort of my own home, thanks to Google Books.

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