God's Amateur: The Writing of E.C. Large, edited by Robin Kinross and Stuart Bailey / ISBN 9780907259381 / 96-page paperback from Hyphen Press / discounted overstock copies in Very Good condition (no marks inside, but some dirt on the covers and page edges).
E. C. Large (1902-1976) was -- in chronological order -- an industrial chemist, writer, and plant scientist. Best known for his 1940 history of plant diseases, The Advance of the Fungi, it is his long-out-of-print late-1930s oeuvre that will fascinate a new generation of readers. God's Amateur: The Writing of E.C. Large is a long-overdue critical revaluation of the fictional creations of a liberal free thinker whose exacting, imaginative prose is often compared to that of George Orwell. Featuring an account of Large's life; a full bibliography of published writings; and a selection of shorter pieces—travel essays, reportage, reveries, book reviews—God's Amateur reveals the full extent of Large's ambitions as a writer. An extended essay by Stuart Bailey (editor of Dot Dot Dot) discusses the writings from a wider contemporary perspective.
Robin Kinross is a graphic designer and the author of numerous articles in the field of visual communication and typography. He is publisher of Hyphen Press.
Stuart Bailey is a graphic designer and editor of the journal Dot Dot Dot. He is the cofounder, along with David Reinfurt, of the workshop Dexter Sinister, located on the Lower East Side of New York City.