Pocket Canons

Pocket Canons

The Pocket Canons were a series of booklets that featured the text of a book of the Bible alongside an introduction by a famous author or some other notable. The series was first published in the United Kingdom by Canongate Books in 1998. Grove Press released the Pocket Canons in the United States the following year. The series became controversial in the United Kingdom amid claims that some of the introductions were blasphemous. An account of the controversy appeared in The Independent newspaper in October 1998; it can be read here. A sampling of the series is listed below.

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Title: Ecclesiastes or, the Preacher with an introduction by Doris Lessing
Date: 1999
Publisher: Grove Press: New York
Contents: Ecclesiastes
Images: Cover, Title page, Back cover
Location: Personal library, Havelock, North Carolina, USA

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Title: The Gospel According to John with an introduction by Darcey Steinke
Date: 1999
Publisher: Grove Press: New York
Contents: Gospel of John
Images: Cover, Title page, Back cover
Location: Personal library, Havelock, North Carolina, USA

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