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I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window
 by John Dufresne

  • <em>I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window</em> by John Dufresne
7 x 4 inches. 74 pages. 220 numbered copies. 3 color wood engravings with initial letters by Gaylord Schanilec. Signed by the author and the artist. Hand-set in Joanna Monotype with Delphian Open titling. Printed on Zerkall paper. Bound in Curwen Press patterned paper over boards at the Campbell-Logan Bindery. In a slipcase. $120. Purchase.


A book in three parts, the last of which is the story. The first two parts illustrate where the story comes from, and offer a unique insight into the process of writing fiction. The text is written with the same keen perception as are his novels: Louisiana Power and Light (W. W. Norton, 1994), and Love Warps the Mind a Little (W. W. Norton, 1997), among others.

I printed a broadside for the Hungry Midnight Broadside Series with prose by novelist John Dufresne. The subject was Fluellon Fontana, whose job was making bottle trees. He collected empty bottles, dyed them wild indigo, and when the wind blew, you heard the captured spirits moaning inside the bottles. Interesting character. I introduced him into the world of my daughter’s bedtime stories, and he soon became a regular.

When I suggested we do a book together, John enthusiastically accepted. I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window is the result of our collaboration. -G.S.






Quickly he uncinched his boots and pulled them off, yanked his waders down over his hips, and then off one foot, hopping madly to keep from falling when he loosened the second foot. The sox required two quick tugs. He pulled three shirts over his head in one motion only to fumble with the buttons of one. Glancing left and right to make certain he was alone, he shoved his jeans to the ground and stepped out naked toward his prize.

The text was handset by Franny Bannen with Monotype Emerson originally cast for New York Revisited (The Grolier Club, 2002). The type was redistributed into the case by her and then re-set for The Intruder. A three-page, 5 x 13 inch panoramic image of Clayton fishing his favorite pool was engraved by Gaylord, and printed in four colors on gray Hahnemuhle Ingres paper. A 2-color cover engraving was printed with a split-fountain technique on black Hahnemuhle Ingres for the covers of the book, and a little 3-color vignette of the Intruder’s “plug” adorns the title page.