David Markson's Books

Posted on July 26, 2010 by



This isn't translation-related, but New York-based bibliophiles have a huge opportunity to buy books from David Markson's library at The Strand.

The Strand Bookstore, which opened on Fourth Avenue in 1927, now takes up 55,000 square feet on Broadway and 12th and has ‘18 miles of New, Used, Rare and Out of Print Books’ in stock. The novelist David Markson, who was born in Albany in 1927 and died in his West Village apartment last month, spent more than a few of his intervening hours at the Strand. (Here’s a short clip of him speaking there.) Still, it was a shock to walk into the Strand last week and find the contents of his personal library scattered among the stacks.

Markson, who died about a month ago, was a huge writer and will almost certainly be remembered for Wittgenstein's Mistress, to say nothing of the books he wrote before and after that one. I'm somewhat in awe that these books are being offered to actual consumers instead of being placed in a library somewhere, as they contain all kinds of margin notes in them.

The books are very reasonably priced (e.g. Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood sold for $7.50), but, apparently, they're scattered am ong the used books, so you will have to hunt for them. Best of luck.