This Month's Puzzler
On June 10, 1988, this man died at age 80 in Los Angeles, California. Born in
Jamestown, North Dakota, he left school at age 15 to pursue a life of adventure.
After traveling all over the globe, he settled into a literary career in the 1940s,
writing under a variety of pen names until his 1953 novel "Hondo" was made
into a hit movie.
He went on to become one of the world's most popular writers, with more than 100
books that sold more than 200 million copies (30 were made into films). His
autobiography, "Education of a Wandering Man," was published posthumously in
1989. In his novel "The Walking Drum" (1984), he wrote:
"Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be."
He then added:
"Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say this I am today; that I will be tomorrow."
Who is this man? (Answer below)
Our free book-collecting classes resume June 19!
The Printed Page College of Biblio knowledge is again open! Our next class is Saturday, June 19, from 9 am to 10:30. It's free, and will be limited to just six students, so let us know fast if you want to attend. This is a fun session whether you're just starting a book collection or far down the road. To save your spot, either drop us an email or call 303-777-7653.
We have some good news!
John Frantzen is the recipient of a full scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association to attend this year's Colorado Antiquarian Book School. Although this year's school is more cameras and less camraderie, it's still a great opportunity to learn more about antiquarian books and the people who revere them.
It's always something new
Some new items at Printed Page include first editions of "The Amityville Horror" ($95), "The Overstory" ($250) and "Sanibel Flats" ($300). Also new is an edition of "The Yearling" signed by illustrator N.C. Wyeth ($300), plus a large selection of -- you guessed it -- H.P. Lovecraft titles.