The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, by Gertrude Atherton, Allen Press (1960)

Gertrude Atherton (1857 – 1948) was an American author best known for her novels set in her home state of California. She was a prolific writer of short stories and articles, in addition to her novels. Her best-known works are Black Oxen (1923) and the short story collection titled The Splendid Idle Forties (1902). She also attained critical success in the non-fiction realm with The Conqueror (1902), a biography of Alexander Hamilton. Atherton was often … Continue reading The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, by Gertrude Atherton, Allen Press (1960)

Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)

The twenty-second publication from the Allen Press is, to my eye, the greatest of their many great works. Just back from their two years of typographic study and printing in France, Lewis and Dorothy Allen embarked on what was to be a period of tremendous work on a series of folio sized publications, of which Youth, from Joseph Conrad, is the first. The Allens’ interest in … Continue reading Youth, by Joseph Conrad, Allen Press (1959)