I wanted to make sure to properly introduce The Neversink Library- on sale  Summer 2011.

This is an undertaking of Melville House- and I am proud to make you aware of this wonderful collection. To be able to bring back into print titles from, in some cases, over forty-years ago and to introduce titles for the first time in English in many cases is a wonderful achievement.

These books are gems that were widely reviewed and renowned when they were first published- and now will be available again to today’s reader- in a world that is constantly moving forward, I find it refreshing and inspiring that classics from the past are being given a new life.

Not to mention the overall beautiful packaging of these classic tales-

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The Neversink Library champions books from around the world that have been overlooked, under-appreciated, looked askance at, or foolishly ignored. They are issued in handsome, well-designed editions at reasonable prices in hopes of their passing from one reader to another – and further enriching our culture.

“I was by no means the only reader of books on board the Neversink. Several other sailors were diligent readers, though their studies did not lie in the way of belles-lettres. Their favourite authors were such as you may find at the book- stalls around Fulton Market; they were slightly physiological in their nature. My book experi- ences on board of the frigate proved an example of a fact which every book-lover must have experienced before me, namely, that though public libraries have an imposing air, and doubt-less contain invaluable volumes, yet, somehow, the books that prove most agreeable, grateful, and companionable, are those we pick up by chance here and there; those which seem put into our hands by Providence; those which pretend to little, but abound in much.”
—Herman Melville, White Jacket

 What classic book would you love to see restored to print?

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  • There is an out-of-print book called A Monster is Coming! A Monster is Coming! by Florence Parry Heide. My students love to act this book out. I would love to see a new edition of this. (Steven Kellogg restored another favorite of mine a few years ago – The Baby Beebee Bird, by Diane Massie).

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