Woodcuts, U.S.A.
Helen West Heller
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This edition was published in by Oxford Univ. Press in New York.

Written in English

43 pages

The same year that the House Committee on Un-American Activities published "Report on Civil Rights Congress as a communist front organization", Woodcuts U.S.A., a book containing 20 of Helen West Heller's 2 7/8" x 3 7/8" woodcuts, with quotes by American writers and a laudatory introduction by John Taylor Arms, was published in a limited signed edition of 750 copies by Oxford University Press, New York. A softcover edition (size: 6 1/8" x 4 1/2") was printed by The Merrymount Press, in 1947, with 16 woodcuts and printed wrappers of textural effects.

Woodcuts U.S.A. presents a positive image of American life in the mid-1940s unlike the HUAC report. There are no images of authority: no industrialists, bankers, politicians, policemen, military personal or preachers. There are only images in woodcut celebrating ordinary Americans and their activities in labor combined with the words of America's great writers.

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Woodcuts, U.S.A

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The same year that the House Committee on Un-American Activities published "Report on Civil Rights Congress as a communist front organization", Woodcuts U.S.A., a book containing 20 of Helen West Heller's 2 7/8" x 3 7/8" woodcuts, with quotes by American writers and a laudatory introduction by John Taylor Arms, was published in a limited signed edition of 750 copies by Oxford University Press, New York. A softcover edition (size: 6 1/8" x 4 1/2") was printed by The Merrymount Press, in 1947, with 16 woodcuts and printed wrappers of textural effects.

Woodcuts U.S.A. presents a positive image of American life in the mid-1940s unlike the HUAC report. There are no images of authority: no industrialists, bankers, politicians, policemen, military personal or preachers. There are only images in woodcut celebrating ordinary Americans and their activities in labor combined with the words of America's great writers.

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"A number of years ago, while glancing through an art magazine, my eye was caught by a series of reproductions of woodcuts that by their brilliance of expression and their emotional content claimed instant attention. Investigation revealed their author as Helen West Heller. . . I did not then realize that this was my introduction to the oeuvre of a distinguished performer in the ancient and beautiful art of woodcut and would lead to a friendship with one of the most remarkable women it has ever been my privilege to know.
added by Scattergood-Moore.) "Because John Taylor Arms wrote this appreciation of Helen West Heller in the introduction to Woodcuts U.S.A"

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Library of Congress NE1215.H4 A7 1947a

Woodcuts, U.S.A.

This edition was published in by Oxford Univ. Press in New York.


Edition Notes

"This ed. limited to 750 copies, of which 150 are for sale, has been printed ... from the original wood blocks cut by Helen West Heller. This copy, signed by the Artist, is no. 445."

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OL14478384M

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