Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press

Introduction

The early years of Gehenna Press

Baskin & Hughes

An Architect of the Page

“Of the making of books…”

Icones

Demons

Diptera

Honoring James Baldwin

The Oresteia

Capriccio

Sibyls

Baskin & Hughes

In 1953, Baskin accepted a position at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, as professor of art, where he continued to teach for twenty years. There, he met Ted Hughes (1930-1998), later Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, and together they launched a fruitful, creative, partnership and loyal friendship that endured for the rest of their lives. They first collaborated in producing the broadside, “Pike: A Poem.” Some fifteen years later, they renewed their Gehenna Press working relationship to produce A Primer of Birds (1981), a book of Hughes’s poems illustrated by Baskin, and printed by the Gehenna Press in Lurley, Devon.

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Pike: A Poem
A Primer of Birds