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DREAMING ON THE EDGE: POETS & BOOK ARTISTS IN CALIFORNIA. Alastair M. Johnston. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, 2016. 230 pp. with 279 ills. (227 col.). 21 x 28 cm. LC 2016-16255 ISBN 9781584563549 In English.
Publisher's description: California is the Golden State, well-known for its innovators and for attracting writers, artists, and dreamers from all over the world. Where else would you find a magazine devoted to "gourmet bathing" or a back-room Prohibition-era bar ("the Sob Den") for printers? Where else a print shop on a Los Angeles hillside where composer John Cage popped in to practice piano and Disney artists dropped by to drink beer and sketch from a live model? Come along on a fantastic trip through 150 years of the book arts in California, from its roots in the late 19th century to the 21st, from Gelett Burgess and The Lark to Mark Head and the Mixlexic Press. Meet a cast of hundreds, from Max Schmidt, a Prussian sailor, to Yone Noguchi, the first Japanese poet to be published in English. Meet Florence Lundborg, muralist and painter, and Idah Strobridge, writer and bookbinder. Encounter Conscientious Objectors like Bill Everson and Clifford Burke and conscripted soldiers like Jack Stauffacher and Arne Wolf, Anarchists from the Rexroth circle, Pacifists like Kenneth Patchen, Hippies, Diggers, Hipsters, Beatniks, and Buddhists.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods, Post-1945 — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174041
Hardcover $65.00    

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