The Thomas Lux Collection
When Thomas Lux died suddenly in 2017, he left a huge hole in the local literary community. Not only one of Atlanta's most celebrated poets (author of 14 books, Guggenheim fellow, Robert Creeley Award...), Lux was a teacher and mentor to many and, as the head of "Poetry at Tech," the series through which we came to know and love him, he hosted readings with the world's most renowned poets and encouraged future poets with classes and workshops throughout the community.
Lux also left behind a vast collection of books. He was once quoted as saying, "writing is 80% reading, so I read a great deal." Our booksellers can attest to this. During this year's shut down, they have been burrowing into boxes and boxes filled with Tom's books, and we are thrilled to now be able to offer them for sale.
His books reveal an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge that stood behind his deceptively plain-spoken poems. Among his hundreds of titles are works of American and world history, popular and historical biography, science, cultural studies, philosophy and religion, literary and popular fiction and essays, a good bit of poetry, of course, and baseball (the Massachusetts native was a Red Sox fanatic).
Perhaps the best thing about these titles, in addition to there being something among them for almost any kind of reader, is their price. Lux was strictly a reader, not a collector. A voracious reader who devoured books for their content without much concern for them as objects. Many are hardcover; many are paperback. They weren't handled with any particular care; these are strictly good, used books. A lot were probably used books when he bought them decades ago. You don't have to worry about busting your book budget on these, just maybe your bookshelves.