This bookplate for Robert David Lewis is pasted to the inside front cover of 1958's "The American Earthquake" by Edmund Wilson.
In the book's preface, Wilson writes: "The material in this volume, a selection from my non-literary articles written during the twenties and thirties, runs more or less parallel to the literary material collected in my earlier volume, The Shores of Light, a selection of articles on books written in the same period."
The book is split into three sections:
- The Follies, 1923-1928
- The Earthquake, October 1930-October 1931
- Dawn of the New Deal, 1932-1934
An interesting retrospective of Wilson's life and work can be found in Colm Toobin's 2005 piece in The New York Times titled "'Edmund Wilson': American Critic."
I also found an interesting 2008 blog post by George Packer, in which he describes "The American Earthquake" as "obscure" and connects Wilson's decades-old observations with the current plight of the automobile industry.
For your Sunday browsing pleasure, here are some previous Papergreat posts featuring bookplates:
- German-language bookplate inside 1871 Dr. Chase book
- A War Service Library bookplate
- Peering inside 1944's "Strange Fruit" by Lillian Smith
- Herbert W. Rhodes' early 20th century bookplate
- Great links: Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie
- Bookplate Junkie shares some bookplates with Papergreat
- Potluck Monday: Bingo card, bookplate and a 1935 radio show pass
- Neat stuff from an 1880 volume of Edgar Allan Poe's works
- William L. Freyhof's cool bookplate