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I'm putting together a leather bound critical edition of Plato's Republic. I already did it years ago but I was foolish to do it in a paperback edition. I found this leatherbound edition translated by Benjamin Jowett a couple years ago and he is my favorite translator so I'm very fortunate. I wish I was a professor so I could constantly read these important books, helping others understand them better. This book is put together by the Franklin Press Great Books Collection. They're amazingly beautiful and meant to last generations.

I think I should start highlighting, and taking pictures of text in the books to gain more followers on Twitter, to share knowledge and, in the end, to share part of my book when it comes out. Is that tacky?

I honestly don't know how to advertise my first book other than social media. My university loathes me so that is out of the question lol. Ideally, i'd like to get my book to ancient Greek philosophy, and history professors. I'm just not sure how that might be possible. :-/ I'm almost certain my book will go unnoticed when it makes print.


Newtus, that was pretty smart to hand 10 copies out. I'm wondering If I should do the same, but, when on twitter, to look up 10 ancient Greek philosophy professors, message them, and ask if I can send them a copy.

I don't think it's a tacky idea, it seems cool to me
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Now that I'm done with my annotated Plato's Republic, I'm now going to start an annotated Goethe's Faust with my leather bound edition I bought months ago. Goethe's faust is like an encyclopedia of poetry, he uses all types. This makes it hard to translate if one wants a poetic edition. George Madison Priest is the translator and wow, he made the entire tragedy rhyme in poetry. This is an amazing feat I didn't think was possible. But I consider poetic devices as surface beauty, what really matters is how literal it is to the original. I was zipping through it and it's pretty good compared to the rest of the translations, minus the Kline translation. The Kline translation is the sharpest translation. Period. But I like the older English Priest uses too. I think it was translated in 1926 maybe, and Franklin Press decided to use it instead of Bayard Taylor or the newer most literal translation by Stuart Atkins.

Does anyone have trouble reading old translations from 1850-1930? I typically enjoy the older translations. :-/
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The creators of SparkNotes created another website called LitCharts.com, but it costs 10 bucks a month to use. Not much so I'm giving it a go for Goethe's Faust. Man it's a treasure trove. It's helping me understand Faust way better than any other guide ever has. It's amazing how deep they go for every quote. It's like they are reading Goethe's mind. This is the deepest I've ever penetrated this book.
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i had an english teacher encouraged us to use sparknote. it was awesome.
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The thing I like about Litcharts.com is that it will summarize, and the opposite page to the right will then tell you what the summary means. So it's twice the work.
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I think I'm going to give my older copy of Goethe's faust to my father after im done making a second copy version that is annotated. I just worry he wouldn't read it. He use to read stuff by Nostradamus and the main character is so bored with life, that he turns to magic by opening one of Nostradamus' books to awaken the macrocosm, and then the Earth spirit. I think he would like it if he could understand it, but he doesn't have the internet to look up questions to things he wont understand in the book, even with an annotated edition from me.
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Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery by Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn

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I''m going to give Name of the Wind Another try, Audio wise. I already read it with my eyes, but this time im going to listen to the audiobook. It took my boss a little while to get use to the narrator, but he's enjoying it now.
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