Lisa Rappoport – Zane Grey and Me


8.25 x 11 x1
© 2014-2015
edition of 47

In stock

about this piece

paper, leather

This book grew out of my childhood in New Jersey and my years working with horses in Europe and New Mexico. The underlying question is, how does reading romanticized versions of the American West affect an impressionable horse lover? The colors and sculpted shapes of the pages, along with the horizontal layout, evoke the landscape of the Southwest. The leather binding, with its silver concho closure and leather lacing, brings to mind journals kept by pioneers. The two columns of text on each page, one from Zane Grey’s novel and one from the author’s life, create a tension between fiction and reality, past and present.

Zane Grey and Me juxtaposes excerpts from the 1917 novel, Wildfire, with autobiographical responses, obliquely addressing the role of both romance and romance novels in modern life. Printed damp in purple ink on eight colors of St. Armand paper, and bound in leather with exposed longstitch. The tops of the pages are cut into canyon and butte outlines. Mr. Grey’s text is set in Farmers Old Style, via monotype composition from M & H Type; Ms. Rappoport’s text is handset Centaur. 8.5″ x 11″. The edition is 47. Profusely illustrated with vintage dingbats, as well as a frontispiece drawing by Andrew Larkin and an anatomical heart drawn by Bobbe Besold. (I just finished printing and am about to begin binding; hence the photographs are of unbound pages and a bound dummy.)

Lisa Rappoport is a letterpress printer, book artist and poet. Her work is in national and international collections. She has two smallish books of poetry: Words Fail {Me}, and Aftermaths/Figments. Her poetry has also appeared in Five Fingers Review, Literal Latte, and elsewhere.

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Lisa Rappoport – Zane Grey and Me