[Covelo, California]: Carolyn and James Robertson, The Yolla Bolly Press, (1984). Wikstrom, Karin. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Copy "M", folio size, 60 pp., signed by Wallace Stegner and Karin Wikstrom. Fine. Item #18082760
John Steinbeck (1902-1968), considered "a giant of American letters", was best known for his portrayals of families in California, often exploring themes of alienation and injustice through "everyman" characters (n. b., info from Wikipedia). "Flight" is a short story, originally published in the collection "The Long Valley", on the subject of manhood, as the protagonist Pepe strives to fill his father's place. While in town, he kills a man and must fllee, and his subsequent trials reveal that Pepe is not only "trying to live up to the foolish and romantic ideal of manhood common to his kind, but [is] one of the incarnations of Everyman pursuing the ideals that, foolish or not. . .in the end give him stature and dignity" (per the afterword).
Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) provides an afterword for this edition. Stegner was often called "The Dean of Western Writers"; he was a member of the faculty at Stanford University and founded its creative writing program. The Stegner Fellowship program at Stanford was named in his honour, and he is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977. In the afterword, Stegner analyses the themes and characters in the story, in the context of Steinbeck's other work as well as the literary movement at the time.
Included in this publication by The Yolla Bolly Press are woodcuts by Swedish artist Karin Wikstrom (b. 1959), who has contributed illustrations for several other Press editions, including "The Inland Whale" by Theodora Kroeber and "Zapata" by John Steinbeck. Here, her prints evoke a pathos for the tragic fate of the characters in their pursuit of dreams and dignity.
___DESCRIPTION: Full natural linen with wrap-around tan illustration of desert landscape, white paper spine label with brown lettering, fore-edge uncut, tan endpapers, title page with orange woodcut by Karin Wikstrom, six colour woodcuts by Wikstrom tipped in throughout, orange woodcuts by Wikstrom throughout; Goudy Modern type, folio size (12.25" by 10.25"), pagination: [i-vi] 1-39 [40-42] 43-52  [1 colophon], one of 10 presentation copies (of a total edition of 260), this lettered "M", signed by Wallace Stegner and Karin Wikstrom on the colophon. In a slipcase covered with brown paper.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; as new. The slipcase is fine also, strong and sturdy, clean overall, without wear. Overall an exceptional copy.
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