Friday, 24 July 2015

Rescuing Richard Rohmer

In the beginning…

In the beginning I thought this would be an inexpensive exercise. Rohmer sold a lot of books, right? I expected them to turn up at thrift shops, garage sales, church rummage sales and library book sales.

They didn't.

I failed to factor in the law of diminishing and greater returns. Folks in publishing will know what I mean.

Anyway, today's visit to the Stratford Salvation Army Thrift Store brought the above.

The signed first edition of Exxoneration is free to whoever wants it… 'cause, you know, I already have one.

Stan, the Perelman is yours.


  1. Well, that's a nice surprise.

    My copy is a paperback in such bad condition I fear ever opening it again lest it fall to pieces.

  2. I think that's one of the best things about the project: that Rohmer, in Canada at least, was so popular at one point that you couldn't give his books away. No one saved them, because they were terrible, and because there were so many copies around. They transcended fiction and literature. They were "free box by the junk store door." I wonder if we'll live to an age when there are no more crates of Readers Digest Condensed Books. It could happen.

    I really wanted to get to Canada this summer and read someone else's copy of Raleigh on the Rocks. I feel like July, which usually races by, has come to a complete stop. And I still have my first meeting back at work on Friday.

  3. Where exactly did summer go? We just had a conversation about our kids going back to school like it's in a few weeks from how .... which it is.

    Say - it's now 3 weeks and my copy of Raleigh on the Rocks isn't here yet. 2 weeks since my payment went through.

    1. Sent by surface mail, I suppose. Navigating the Labrador coast can be tricky.