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CAXTONIAN

 

Published monthly by The Caxton Club of Chicago, the Caxtonian is a journal of literature, the humanities, and books. This lively publication explores a wide range of topics and opinions of interest to bibliophiles, those in the books arts and trades, and lovers of reading and the written word.

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Readings from the Caxtonian

Presented below are selected articles of general interest.


Somerset Maugham
World Traveler, Famed Storyteller

September 1997
September 1997 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of W. Somerset Maugham's first novel, Liza of Lambeth. Over the next sixty years he became one of the most successful writers of all time.

STA and The Caxton Club
in the Final Years of Letterpress

May 1997
When the Type Workshop began, as an offshoot of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, it was focused on design as an activity almost exclusively typographic.

For the Love of Letterpress,
a Tradition Continues in Chicago

May 1997
In 1952 a letterpress workshop was started by the Society of Typographic Arts and first located in the basement of Chicago's Newberry Library.

Dr. Kittle and Dr. Doyle—
Kinsmen Through Medicine and Belle Letters

March 1997
There is a kinship between Caxtonian Fred Kittle and English litterateur, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that transcends the usual relationship of collector and the one collected. It is safe to say that few know Dr. Doyle as Dr. Kittle does. Both were trained as physicians, both cultivated broad interests from their earliest years, and both surrounded themselves with the legacies of literary and artistic accomplishment.

Hemingway in Oak Park:
Memorialized in Home and Museum

July 1996
This is a discussion of preparations for the Centennial Celebration of Hemingway’s birth. Restoration of his Oak Park home and a scholarly conference are planned. Also includes a list of his books.

A Passion for Books Created
The Abel Berland Library

May 1996
A visit to the Berland library, equally remarkable for its quality and range, is lovingly described by Caxtonian Robert Cotner.

Remembering Victor Hammer and RHM
September 1995
Two master craftsmen brought together through the mutual reverence for punch cutting.

Letter from Hermann Zapf
September 1995
Correspondence from Hermann Zapf in response to receiving his copy of the History of the Caxton Club printed for the 1995 centennial.

Book Illustrators: Inspiring Love and
Delight in Observant Readers

December 1994
Discussion of the necessary connection between illustrator and the work being illustrated.