Monday, April 27, 2009

Literary Guild Review -- This Rough Magic

A few years ago I was at the Strand (a great used bookstore in NYC) and found a beautifully preserved hardcover copy of my very favorite Mary Stewart book, This Rough Magic. When I opened it up a little pamphlet fell out--the Literary Guild Review that came with the book when the original owner received it in 1964. I did a little happy dance right there in the store. It contains an interview with Stewart and a summary illustrated with these fantastic drawings. I had some fun with Photoshop and added in little excerpts of the text.

Lucy meets Sir Julian Gale.

Oh, Max. *Swoon*

Such great adventures.

Wings: The Literary Guild Review, August 1964. Garden City, NY: Literary Guild of America, Inc., 1964.


Angiegirl said...

Swoon is right. What a wonderful surprise find! I love those.

somebirdsarelikethat said...

This is great! I love your choices of quotes. I'd have a hard time choosing between Max and Mark Langley, though.

Angiegirl said...

Also, you have an award waiting for you here. :)

Jennie said...

Angie -- Thanks!! It is a labor of love. ;)

Somebirds -- Oh, I think Max would win out for me. Mark would be a very fine second choice though. :)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

What a treasure! Gotta love that Max Gale!

Thyme2Be said...

Delightful find for you! My only copy of this story is in "The Spell of Mary Stewart - Three Complete Books" published by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. in 1968 - my mom ordered it back then from some book club. This has been my annual "go to" reading ever since, and the book has become well-worn! You have inspired me to check out my local used bookstore for such a treasure as yours, though it could never replace my well-loved copy! Regarding luscious Max Gale, I consider him and Fitzwilliam Darcy as the ultimate swoon-worthy fictional men!