Item #CNAP085 Mrs. Bridge. Evan S. Connell Jr., Mark Oppenheimer, Laurie Simmons, Introduction, Artist.

Mrs. Bridge

San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2009. Laurie Simmons. Hardcover. The book is large octavo in format, page size 10-1/2 by 8 inches, and consists of 274 numbered pages and 68 unnumbered pages for the photographs. The type is Binny, composed and cast in Monotype, 12 point for the text. The printing of the text is by letterpress. The photographs are printed by offset photo-lithography. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. The binding is full yellow Iris cloth, with color photographs by Laurie Simmons on the front and back covers. The edition of the book is limited to 300 numbered copies for sale, signed by the author and the artist. New. Item #CNAP085

Published in 1959, Mrs. Bridge is a quiet masterpiece of mid-twentieth-century fiction, and this edition celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

A novel of the American heart-land, it takes up familiar themes, set in a comfortable middle-class Midwestern family in the decades before World War II. At the same time, it is experimental in form, a work that unobtrusively advances the art of the novel.

The book includes 68 photographs, half duo-tone and half color, by Laurie Simmons. Simmons is a leading American artist who uses photography to explore the role of women in the domestic sphere. Beginning in the mid-1970s when she took photographs for a toy company catalog, Simmons has been fascinated with the artifacts of the household. During the remaining years of that decade she used dolls and doll house walls, furniture, and fixtures to make set-ups for photographs. These works established her as one of the most important artists in photography in the United States. The images in this book were selected from that series.

Evan Connell (1924-2013) has long been considered the overlooked master of the American novel, with Mrs. Bridge and its companion volume, Mr. Bridge, published in 1969, among the notable achievements of his early career. These apparently straight-forward accounts of an uneventful marriage, told from the wife’s and then the husband’s perspective, are breathtaking in their psychological acuity, social insight, wit, and compassion.

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Price: $550.00