Glasses & Dover Books

op row: Dorothy Parker, Zora Neale Hurston, Shirley Jackson, Gael Greene. Bottom row: Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Tama Janowitz, Kate Christensen.

Dorothy Parker, Zora Neale Hurston, Shirley Jackson, Gael Greene, Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Tama Janowitz, & Kate Christensen.

Where are these writers’ glasses?

Do you know any writers without glasses?

I have new glasses.

It’s liberating.

I was going for a professorial look.

My husband tells me I didn’t get it.

They’re bigger and rounder.

When I walk the wind doesn’t blow in my eyes as it did with my much smaller glasses.

In summer the bugs won’t fly in my eyes.  (This is a problem with bicycling.)

It was hard to find any glasses I liked.

I’ve worn wire-rimmed glasses since high school.  Well, most of the time.

It was time for a new look, I was told.

I tried on any number of Malcolm X glasses.  I didn’t realize they were Malcolm X glasses until I squinted at myself in the mirror.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Meg Ryan’s big glasses are adorable in When Harry Met Sally.  Perhaps they’re bigger than is fashionable today.

Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally"

Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”

Diane Keaton’s glasses in Annie Hall are the best of all.

Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall"

Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall”

Too bad none of us looks like Meg Ryan or Diane Keaton.

I’ve been trying to find pictures of women writers with glasses. There aren’t many.  Here’s the Southern writer, Elizabeth Spencer.  She is usually photographed without glasses.

Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth Spencer

Here’s  Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles, a very good literary science fiction book.

Karen Thompson Walker with glasses

Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles

Here’s award-winning Barbara Kingsolver.  She is sometimes photographed with glasses:

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

Here’s Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and winner of the Orange Prize.

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

Dorothy Parker didn’t wear glasses in public.  “Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses,” she wrote.

Dorothy Parker 01Who are your favorite women writers with glasses?

DOVER BOOKS.  I love book catalogues, and today we received the Dover Publications catalogue in the mail.

$5 off when you order $35 or more!

 The first six pages are devoted to Shakespeare.  (So cute!)  And since I’ve been thinking about reading Shakespeare this winter, I got out my Pelican edition.  I also have some little paperbacks that are easier to read.

Trollope’s Ralph the Heir is back in print.

What about The Riddle of the Sands?  (I have this, but my cat threw up on it.)

Cranford is $3.50.

But honestly I have my share of classics.

Still, I urge you to go to Dover.  Where would we be without them?

5 thoughts on “Glasses & Dover Books

  1. I’m about 15 minutes from Dover. They have a tiny outlet shop that I used to go to all the time. I don’t know why I haven’t gone recently except that they keep weird hours.


  2. Oh, how nice! Dovers are actually hard to find here now that the independent bookstores are closed. There used to be a nice one where we stocked up on Dovers!


  3. Readers and writers have to wear glasses! I’ll look at the Dover catalogue (quick Google) – yes, I see what you mean – great catalogue


  4. Yes, Tom, how can they see without them? I suppose contact lenses. And we love the Dover catalogue, so I’m glad you took a look. I do feel I should order something from them instead of going straight to Amazon. Some of the Dovers are apparently available as e-books now.

    Karen, thanks for the picture of Patti Smith! I thought she might wear glasses, since she’s not going for that vanity rock star thing. And I’ll have to read The Riddle on the Sands one of these days…


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