by Julius Schram
translated from German by Robert A. Ruhloff
SkipJack Press, Inc.
637 Drexel Hill Avenue
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania 19026 USA
610-284-7693, fax: 610-284-7694
Hardbound, 160 pages, illustrated, $29.00
Reviewed by Diana Mead Jordan
This review was published in the November, 1996 issue of ANVIL Magazine
When one knows who Julius Schramm was, one will deeply appreciate this book, which includes Schramm's essay on the craft and his autobiography. He was in love with learning and could not get enough of it in his lifetime. He was rich in knowledge and experience, cultured and dedicated to the art. Schramm reveals his integrity and his intimate relationship with the iron. He describes his journey with respect and appreciation for every opportunity to learn. Autobiographies of gifted individuals can inspire those who dream and yearn. This particular edition is a culmination of effort by Francis Whitaker, who had the fortune to work under this master and who had the foresight to bring Schramm's words to the English-speaking world. Whitaker arranged for Robert Ruhloff to produce the translation, which is elegant. And publisher Jack Andrews superbly preserves the style of the two original German publications from 1935 and 1941. The result is a masterpiece.
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