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THE CUMMINGTON PRESS AND ABATTOIR EDITIONS: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESSWORK OF HARRY DUNCAN, 1939-1985 (HAND PRINTING, POETRY, AMERICAN)

MELVIN MICHAEL BOHN, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

For nearly half a century, the Cummington Press and Abattoir Editions have distinguished themselves by publishing significant works of poetry and fiction in finely published editions of fewer than five hundred copies each. As both editor and publisher, Harry Duncan has been the driving force behind these presses and his contribution to twentieth century American Literature is well established. The introduction to this work summarizes some of the key elements in the growth and development of the two presses, and the bibliography provides a full record of Duncan's presswork, including works commissioned by other presses, such as New Directions. The introduction focuses on biographical and critical comments of a general nature, focusing in particular on the personal relationships of the authors and the printer; the bibliography supplies, in each case where the information is known, facts about: author, title, title page, collation, pagination, colophon, contents (page by page), typography, paper, binding, original sale price, size of edition, and copies examined. The bibliography is limited to items which have some literary content. Ephemeral items of a non-literary nature were deliberately excluded. An appendix containing a personal interview with Duncan completes the volume. ^

Subject Area

Literature, General

Recommended Citation

BOHN, MELVIN MICHAEL, "THE CUMMINGTON PRESS AND ABATTOIR EDITIONS: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESSWORK OF HARRY DUNCAN, 1939-1985 (HAND PRINTING, POETRY, AMERICAN)" (1986). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI8614443.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI8614443

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