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Guide to the Adrian Wilson Ephemera
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Wilson, Adrian Adrian Wilson (1923-1988) was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Wesleyan University prior to WWII where he became a conscientious objector and joining the war resistance movement. During the war, he was interned at Camp Angel, Waldport, Oregon, where he met the poet William Everson and learned to print. After the war he and his new wife, Joyce Lancaster Wilson (1914-1996), settled in San Francisco and helped to form the Interplayers Theater and Adrian began his graphic arts career by designing extraordinary programs and posters. For a time, he worked with Jack Stauffacher at the Greenwood Press and he also worked a few years as a book designer at the University of California Press and after leaving their employment, he accepted commissions from them for many years. In 1959, Joyce and Adrian founded The Press in Tuscany Alley in San Francisco and soon Adrian was designing and printing fine limited editions, followed by many commissions for books and catalogs for university presses and art museums, including several volumes for the Book Club of California. Adrian and Joyce collaborated on several large projects, writing and designing scholarly works such as The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle and A Medieval Mirror. In 1983, Adrian was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Prize. This allowed him to pursue his work as a craftsman, typographer, book designer, and scholar. Joyce wrote, designed, and illustrated several children's books with her own wood blocks and linoleum cuts and continued to operate the press after Adrian's untimely death in 1988.
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