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img595Edward Everett Hale was a Boston Unitarian Minister and a writer who produced dozens of books. Born in 1822, he entered Harvard University at the age of 13. Hale became a Minister in Worcester, Massachusetts and lived there when he wrote the book The Man Without a Country. The particular edition we are showing here was published in 1960 with a foreword by Van Wyck Brooks.

img596img598Goudy, good ole Goudy your name will live forever. (see our previous post on Goudy by using this link.

img597 Our copy is an ex-library book, I am not sure that this came as a cloth bound library version or in a wrapper and softcover. Anyway, compare the image on the cover at the top of this post to the woodcut shown above. Awesome! Superb wood engraving skills at work here.

Hale became the Chaplain of the US Senate in 1903Asked one day if he prayed for the Senators his reply was, no I look at the Senators and then I pray for our Country.

Probably just an anecdote but at least one man then, foresaw the continued need for a prayer and not only for those who presumably lead but for the benefit of the citizens who undergo the irrational actions at times of their government. The interest in this book is not so much for me the heroic tale told by Hale, but the superb woodcuts by one of the American masters in this medium, Leonard Everett Fisher (1924-). Fisher, also a painter, received a Pulitzer Prize for his painting in 1950. He wrote 90 primarily children’s books and illustrated over 200 books, spanning a 50 year career.

Fisher worked also for the United States Postal Service designing a number of stamps and commemorative envelopes. I have to admit, I never read any of his books before and this is the first woodcut illustrated book by him in my own library, but I’ll be looking for more.