One of my favorite books ever is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. A friend handed it to me during a college road trip and I think I spent most of the trip reading it. It’s the sort of book that made me want to instantly read anything else the author had written. I did a little research years ago and the only other thing I could find that Dodie Smith had written was 101 Dalmatians, which seemed odd.
After finishing We Have Always Lived in the Castle last week, I kept thinking about I Capture the Castle, probably because of the similarity of the titles and because the stories having a few other similar plot elements as well. I went back to researching Dodie Smith and what I found out this time is that she was a playwright who also wrote a few novels. It seems like there were many years between each novel. She wrote I Capture the Castle in 1949, 101 Dalmatians in 1956, The New Moon with the Old in 1963, and six others over a period of fifteen years.
Anyway, all of these facts and dates are just to illustrate how excited I am to find a whole new batch of books to read. Starting with The New Moon with the Old. I found a first edition of the book in perfect condition (isn’t the dust jacket gorgeous!) for just $6. Can’t wait to read it!