Princeton WannaBe Blog
I'm not a real historian. I didn't grow up in Princeton. I don't have an Ivy League education.
I'm a total Princeton WannaBe.
Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!
For someone who ADORES Princeton, these four reads will make your special someone fall EVEN MORE in love with Princeton!:
Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach - Sylvia grew up here and is buried here. She and Ernest Hemingway smuggled modern literature into the United States. (Don't believe me? Read the book, silly!)
Poets in Their Youth by Eileen Simpson - Eileen was married to gifted writer, John Berryman. The book talks about what it was like to be the wife of a professor/writer during the 50's. (You'll never drive down University Place or Princeton Avenue and feel the same way if you read this book.)
The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot - T.S. wrote this while he was here at the Institute for Advanced Study. I read this and wondered if he was inspired by Princeton's social scene.
The Bascombe Novels by Richard Ford - To me, this trilogy is mandatory reading for anyone that adores the tree streets, Hodge Road, the Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood and Nassau Inn Tap Room. If you've lived or worked near downtown, you'll recognize depictions of Will, Kobe, the parking attendent and one librarian immediately!
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