Correspondence of Edward Gordon Craig and Count Harry Kessler
edition brings together for the first time 366 letters, cards and telegrams
exchanged between Craig and his patron the cosmopolitan Count Kessler. An
important primary source, illuminated by Dr Newman's commentary, it focuses on
three areas of particular importance:- 1. Craig's artistic ideas and the spread
of his influence through exhibitions and books; proposals are developed for
work with Otto Brahm, Eleonora Duse, Max Reinhardt, Henry van de Velde, Eduard
Verkade, Leopold Jessner, Dyaghilev, Beerbohm Tree, C. B. Cochran, and others.
2. Kessler's Cranach Press Hamlet
with wood-engraved illustrations by Craig; this is a landmark in the history of
twentieth-century book design and printing whose genesis is now fully revealed
in these letters and amplified with reproductions of eighteen trial page
proofs. 3. The relationship between an artist and his patron. Exceptionally
detailed indexes are an additional feature of this book.