Arcadia Celebrates Walt Whitman Through Exhibit “Writers Making Books”

By Caitlin Burns | February 1, 2019

An example of a self-bound book in the “Writers Making Books” exhibition.

The exhibition “Writers Making Books,” featuring samples of Philadelphia-based and international writers who print their own works, is on view at Spruance Gallery through April 21. The collection showcases the variety within typesetting, printing medium, binding, and overall design of the literature. The exhibition is inspired by Walt Whitman’s methodology of physically producing his monumental poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, in 1855.

“Writers Making Books” is presented with University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ “Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy,” a series of events held in reflection of the works and impact of Whitman to mark his 200th birthday. Whitman, who lived within the Philadelphia-Camden community, was a noted member of the local artistic culture.