The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin
The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin
The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin
The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin
The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin
The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin
The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin

The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin

Rodrigo Corral Design, New York, New York, 2006

Description

James Laughlin—poet, ladies’ man, heir to a steel fortune, and the founder of New Directions—was still at work on his autobiography when he died at 83. He left behind personal files crammed with memories and memorabilia. Early on, the editors Barbara Epler and Daniel Javitch decided to present this material in alphabetical order with the occasional photograph. When Rodrigo Corral and Gus Powell got involved with the book’s design and got access to the wealth of physical material in the files, the nature of the book quickly evolved into a four-color scrapbook in which the ephemera would serve as evidence of Laughlin’s eccentric and prolific life.

Juror Notes

“The non-autobiography told A to Z by a maverick man of American letters. A real dip-into-at-any-stage book whose design encourages that.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2006
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Rodrigo Corral Design
Art directors
Rodrigo Corral, Gus Powell
Photographer
Copyright © 2006 by The Estate of James Laughlin
Production coordinators
Thomas Keith, Jennifer Van Dalsen
Author
James Laughlin
Editors
Barbara Epler, Daniel Javitch
Trim size
7.1 x 9.3 inches
Pages
288
Typeface
Mercury
Printer/binder
South China Printing Co.
Paper
Japanese Matte C2S,128 gsm
Binding method
Sheet-fed Offset
Publisher/client
New Directions
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