New York and Pawlet (Vt) 1947-1978.
Thirty seven publications either printed or published by the legendary small press. Fredericks and Saul began the press in an abandoned basement in New York City in 1947 and Fredericks continued the work of the press after moving to Vermont to teach classics at Bennington College. For decades, Fredericks issued hand-set limited editions by writers such as Gertrude Stein, John Berryman, James Merrill, Gil Orlovitz, Stephen Spender, William Everson and Bernard Malamud. Fredericks also printed a number of smaller (although often lavish) publications as Christmas mementos and for gifts. This collection, assembled over many years, includes ephermal printing, as well as TLS from Fredericks.
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As a teacher at Bennington, Fredericks's students included the novelist Donna Tartt, who modeled a character on Fredericks in The Secret History (1993) and dedicated The Goldfinch (2013), winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He was removed from his teaching post for a scandal involving a male student in 1992. His copious and neurotically maintained journals are on deposit at the Getty Center.