Canemaker's Bio of WINSOR MCCAY Inscribed
Canemaker, John . WINSOR MCCAY. His Life and Art. Foreword by Maurice Sendak. New York: Abbeville Press, . 223 pages. Original red cloth. [33.6 cm.] A fine copy in very good plus dust jacket. The yellow lettering on the spine panel of the jacket has faded, but the jacket shows only minor signs of use and has no chips or tears.
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the front free endpaper and additionally signed by him on the half-title. The inscription reads: "11/87. For Jo and Jay, Thanks for having the great good taste to buy this book! Best wishes, John Canemaker." [The recipients were Jo and Jay Maeder, then wife and husband. She was a groundbreaking disc jockey, now an author. He was a columnist for The Daily News, who later made his mark in the world of comics. Jay Maeder (1947-2014) was the last writer of the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip (2000-2010) and the author of "Dick Tracy: The Official Biography" (1990). Jo Maeder was one of the first women Top 40 disc jockeys in the U.S. She gained fame as the "The Madame" in South Florida and then as "The Rock and Roll Madame" in the New York market during the 1980s. She is also the author of several books including the memoir, "When I Married My Mother" (2009), and the autobiographical novel, "Naked DJ" (2016).]
This in-depth study is the first and only book-length biography of Winsor McCay (1867-1934), the influential American cartoonist and animator. McCay is most famous for his comic strip, "Little Nemo in Slumberland" and his animated film, "Gertie the Dinosaur" (1914). "John Canemaker, an award-winning animator and filmmaker and a teacher at New York University, offers a thorough and rounded appreciation of McCay's career, and provides background material (on everything from life in bustling turn-of-the-century Cincinnati to the process of color lithography used in early newspaper comic sections) that places McCay's work in historical perspective. And, despite many gaps of information about his family and personal life, we emerge with a surprisingly full picture of McCay, the man. The heart of the book, however, is the exceptional array of illustrations, many appearing in book form for the first time . . . " --Leonard Maltin in The New York Review of Books.
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