A boy at the Hogarth Press. SIGNED

A boy at the Hogarth Press. SIGNED

Kennedy, Richard

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Publisher: London: Heinemann/San Diego: Aeolian, 1972
Book Id: 17001


A large folding drawing printed in red and black and pasted inside the rear cover shows "The Hogarth Press [about 1928]," a cutaway sketch of a row house showing activities at the different levels. It starts at the back of the basement with a "large windowless room in which large bales of books were kept and in which Mrs. W wrote her books" and concludes out on the street with "Mr. Bumpus (Bagman)" walking by on the sidewalk. 40 drawings in the text (7 double spread). 24.5 x 18.5 cm. Linen with price-clipped dustjacket. **SIGNED on the title page, which also bears an oval, metallic gold sticker for Aeolian Press, the US distributor. "This book can be thought of, in no way unkindly, as a sort of literary 'Diary of a Nobody'. Richard Kennedy went to work for Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press in 1928 when he was sixteen. His status was practically that of a fly on the wall; Francis Birrell (who had also worked at the Hogarth Press) asked him at a Bloomsbury party whether he was a factotum, adding 'More totem than fact, I should imagine'. He was of no consequence to the paladins of Bloomsbury. There was no reason to exercise their wit and charm on him. He saw them at their most unguarded and least artificial. That is what makes his account so fascinating" (from the Introduction, by Bevis Hillier). The following year brought catastrophe, when Kennedy "unwittingly instructed Spalding & Hodge to cut the paper [for the whole Uniform Edition of Virginia Woolf's works] to the wrong size…. LW says… I am the most frightful idiot he has ever had the privilege of meeting in a long career of suffering fools. (pp.84-5)." An utterly charming book. We have several signed copies. ISBN 0-435-18510-1. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.

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