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The Dwiggins marionettes : a complete experimental theatre in miniature

Author: Dorothy Abbe; W A Dwiggins
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams Inc., [1970]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Addison Dwiggins: type designer, calligrapher, typographer, illustrator, and writer - his name is among the foremost contributors to the printing arts. But, save for an occasional engraving, none of these professional activities gave him the opportunity to work with wood, a medium he had loved from early boyhood. And so it was that an experimental marionette theatre provided an outlet not only for his  Read more...
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Named Person: W A Dwiggins; W A Dwiggins
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Abbe; W A Dwiggins
OCLC Number: 98487
Notes: Includes a facsimile reproduction (pages [207]-219) of W.A. Dwiggins' Marionette in motion, published in 1939.
Description: xix, 232 pages, [22] leaves of color plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 36 cm
Contents: The first theatre : Point five Irving Street --
Author's note --
WAD in 1955 --
Foreword --
Comment from a puppeteer --
In the Dwiggins' living room --
Theatre ticket, 0.5 I. S. --
Point five Irving Street --
The house number at 30 Leavitt Street --
The Dwiggins' home --
Point five Irving Street --
The interior of point five Irving Street --
An elegant stove --
A hand-stenciled fabric --
A Christmas lampshade --
The backstage area --
Notices --
The curtain mechanism --
Dressing rooms --
The sketch for the proscenium --
The proscenium of the first marionette theatre --
The program for The mystery of the blind beggarman.
Responsibility: by Dorothy Abbe.

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"William Addison Dwiggins: type designer, calligrapher, typographer, illustrator, and writer - his name is among the foremost contributors to the printing arts. But, save for an occasional engraving, none of these professional activities gave him the opportunity to work with wood, a medium he had loved from early boyhood. And so it was that an experimental marionette theatre provided an outlet not only for his talent for wood carving, but for other lines of creative activity as well. His theatre was 'experimental' in the sense that his interest lay not particularly in marionettes, but in the mechanical and artistic problems involved in making them. Dwiggins' Experimental Theatre was strictly avocational, engaging his attention for perhaps a dozen years -- a highly productive period during which he was occupied with some of his most important professional work. Despite this fact, he brought to the new undertaking his customary perfection of execution which made an art of his unique conception of marionettes." -- Foreword.

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