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Robert Frost Pequot Library Exhibit

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Published on Dec 14, 2012

"Good Wishes from Robert Frost" is an exhibit of poetry chapbooks used as Christmas greetings -- a set of 19 loaned to Pequot Library in Southport, CT, by Elinor Wilber, granddaughter of the celebrated American poet Robert Frost. Several have a personal inscription from Frost to Elinor and her husband.

What is a chapbook? It is essentially a pocket-sized booklet. The term "chap-book" was formalized by bibliophiles of the 19th century. English "chapmen" were a variety of peddler who circulated printed literature as part of their wares; they set up the equivalent of a modern day pop-up store and their chapbooks were an important medium for the dissemination of popular culture to the common people, especially in rural areas. This format was frequently used for political and religious tracts, folk tales, children's literature, almanacs and... poetry!

For twenty-five years, poet Robert Frost collaborated with the Spiral Press and several illustrators to create unique Christmas card "chapbooks" to be sent by the Frost family and by Frost's publishers. The artists involved include Thomas W. Nason, J.J. Lankes, Fritz Eichenberg, Leonard Baskin, Philip Grushkin, Howard Norton Cook, Leo Manso, Linn Lloyd Benton, Stefan Martin, Antonio Frasconi and Joseph Low. The Spiral Press was founded by Joseph Blumenthal in 1926. He and Frost became friends during their collaboration on the cards.

The exhibit runs from Wednesday, November 28, 2012 through Sunday, January 23, 2013. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890, (203) 259-0346.

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