Eudora Welty and Barry Moser. The Robber Bridegroom. No 76 of an edition of 150.
(West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press. 1989). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
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Originally published in 1942, and subsequently made into a Broadway play in 1976, The Robber Bridegroom has become a favorite work from one of America’s greatest writers Eudora Welty (1909-2001). This novel takes its title and some of its plot from a Grimm's fairy tale. Welty locatedthe story in her beloved Mississippi and provides memorable characters such as Mike Fink the Harp brothers, the innocent Clement Musgrove and his beautiful daughter Rosamond. The illustrator’s depictions of these characters draw us further into the story and enhance an already amazing tale.
This title was printed at the Pennyroyal Press in the spring of 1987. Harold McGrath was the pressman for this project. The type, Giovanni Mardesteig's Dante, was composed in monotype at a foundry in Skaneateles, New York by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The paper is Mohawk Letterpress and was manufactured by the Mohawk Mills in Cohoes, New York. The 23 woodcut illustrations were printed from the original blocks, which were drawn and then engraved on end-grain maple by Barry Moser.