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Ravaged with Joy

Artist book by Robin Price, Publisher
150 copies
13 x 13 x 1 inches


A record of William Everson’s 1975 reading at the University of California, Davis.

The main text is a presentation of the reading—poems and extemporaneous ruminations—integrated with six dramatic, large-scale woodcuts created for this publication by Keiji Shinohara.

Also included is a CD recording of the 1975 reading and a booklet of collected remembrances.

“The beauty and substance of Ravaged immerses us in the language, imagery and sound that captures William Everson’s commitment to a life directed by such an exquisite discipline of excavation and revelation.”—Betty Bright, Parenthesis 7.

Text by William Everson.

Introduction by Sidney Berger.

Designed and printed letterpress by Robin Price.

Type cast by Michael Bixler.

Text and end sheets made by John and Kathy Koller at HMP, Woodstock, CT.

Cover paper by University of Iowa Center for the Book Paper Facility.

Binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm and Robin Price. The books were constructed by Daniel E. Kelm.

Slipcases by Linda Lembke, Green River Bindery.

Dante type on custom handmade paper; exposed long-stitch binding; colored vellum spine; printed flax paper-covered boards; linen-covered slipcase.

Held in private collections.

You may request to see Ravaged with Joy at:

  • Arizona State University, Hayden Library
  • Boston Athenaeum, Rare Books
  • The British Library
  • Brown University, John Hay Library
  • California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, Robert E. Kennedy Library, Special Collections
  • Carleton College, Gould Library, Special Collections
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library, Fine & Rare Book Room
  • Central Connecticut State University, Elihu Burritt Library
  • Claremont Colleges, Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections
  • Colorado College, Tutt Library, Special Collections
  • Columbia University, Butler Library, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • Connecticut College, Charles E. Shain Library, Special Collecitons
  • Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library
  • Lafayette College Library, Special Collections
  • Library of Congress
  • Los Angeles Public Library, Rare Books
  • Louisiana State University Baton Rouge Libraries
  • Occidental College Library, Special Collections
  • Messiah College, Murray Library, Artists’ Books Collection
  • Middlebury College Library, Davis Family Library
  • Mills College, F. W. Olin Library
  • Noble and Greenough Putnam Library, Tower Collection
  • San Francisco Public Library, Special Collections
  • San Jose State University Library, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, King Special Collections
  • Skidmore College, Lucy Scribner Library, Special Collections
  • Smith College, Neilson Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room
  • Southern Methodist University, Bridwell Library Special Collections
  • Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections, Gunst Collection
  • Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Rare Book Room
  • Temple University Libraries, Rare Book Libraries
  • Trinity College Library, Watkinson Private Press
  • University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
  • University of California Berkeley, Bancroft
  • University of California Davis, Shields Special Collections Harrison Collection
  • University of California Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
  • University of California, Riverside, Tomás Rivera Library, Special Collections
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Special Collections
  • University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections
  • University of Connecticut, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Archives and Special Collections
  • University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
  • University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special Collections
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections
  • University of Minnesota, TC Anderson Library Rare Books
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Special Collections
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Rare Book Collection
  • University of Pennsylvania,Van Pelt - Dietrich Library Center, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • University of Southern California, Doheny Memorial Library
  • University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections
  • University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections
  • University of Virginia Library, Special Collections
  • Wake Forest University, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
  • Wellesley College, Clapp Library, Special Collections
  • Wesleyan University, Olin Library, Special Collections & Archives
  • Williams College, Chapin Library of Rare Books
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Special Collections Library
  • Yale University, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Special Collections