|Cover image from "The Starlit Hall of the Queen of Night" by Karl Schinkel, |
for staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute in 1815.
The kind of volume that will only credit the collections the editor found the stories in, not their original publication sites. No introduction nor story headnotes. Most of the works tend to be from Knopf volumes in one way or another...which leads me to suspect these (she edited several for the "Everyman Pocket Classics" series published in quick succession, which definitely sounds like a title more apropos to a 1961 erotica paperback line; they are small-format hardcovers of about the same dimensions as the Viking Portable Library series at midcentury) were produced relatively quickly on assignment...
As the Penguin Random House website puts it:
DIANA SECKER TESDELL is the editor of fifteen Everyman’s Pocket Classic anthologies, including New York Stories, Garden Stories, Christmas Stories, Love Stories, Stories of Art and Artists, Dog Stories, Cat Stories, Horse Stories, Bedtime Stories, Stories of Fatherhood, Stories of Motherhood, Stories of the Sea, Shaken and Stirred: Intoxicating Stories, Wedding Stories, and Stories from the Kitchen, as well as the Pocket Poets anthology Lullabies and Poems for Children.
|Back cover painting: from Mary Evans' Picture Library: "Sleeping Balcony";|
jacket design by Carol Devine Carlson