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Collection Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

It should be noted in closing that there is a significant sampling of verse from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries scattered throughout the collection. Eighteenth-century offerings are often elegies, including two by Phillis Wheatley, or amateur polemics. Nineteenth-century representatives include the work of John Greenleaf Whittier and Julia Ward Howe, as well as variant lyrics set to well-known tunes. Recent literary selections include the work of Mark Van Doren, Thomas Merton, and Boris Pasternak. Gwendolyn Brooks's "We Real Cool" is reprinted by the Broadside Press.

Lastly, while the bulk of this collection was intended for transient mass consumption, the Gehenna Press broadside announcing the publication of Capriccio exemplifies a more contemporary form of ephemera. Featuring a book of poems by Ted Hughes with engravings by Leonard Baskin, this broadside is representative of a significant group of recent fine press and poet/artist collaborations created in limited editions for a very special clientele.