Guide to the Papers of Barry Moser, 1932 - 2000Manuscript ML-39

Biography

Barry Moser was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1940 and lived there until 1967, graduating in 1962 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he studied under artist George Cress. After college Moser taught at the McCallie school in Chattanooga for five years. In 1967 he moved to Massachusetts, becoming instructor of graphic arts at the Williston-Northhampton school in Easthampton, where he taught until 1982. Meanwhile he continued his own studies, under Jack Coughlin at the University of Massachusetts; with Leonard Baskin, illustrator and proprietor of Gehenna Press and with Harold McGrath, a letterpress printer.Moser made his first wood engravings in 1968 and printed his first two books in 1970 under the imprint of Castalia Press. Pennyroyal Press was founded in the same year, and Moser, along with Harold McGrath and Jeff Dwyer, bookseller and publisher, established Hampshire Typothetae in 1977. Ten years of wood engraving was celebrated in 1978 with the publication of "Fifty Wood Engravings" by Pennyroyal. By 1982 Moser had established his reputation as a leading illustrator and designer of books, having illustrated "Moby Dick" for Arion Press, "The Aenid" and Dante's "Inferno" and "Purgatorio" for the University of California Press, "The Odyssey" for the Limited Editions Club, "Johns Brown's Body" for the Book of the Month Club, and Pennyroyal's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass". "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the sixtieth book that Moser illustrated and the nineteenth Pennyroyal imprint, won the American Book Award for design-pictorial. Moser's work has appeared in many shows and can be found in a wide range of permanent collections.

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