Suggested Reading List
Art & Glory
Author: Freeman Champney
Description: From 1895-1915, Elbert Hubbard was an American celebrity, in an extensive variety of roles. He crusaded for studied simplicity in the American home and as an opinion-molder and popular philosopher, Hubbard had many themes. At various times he called himself an anarchist, a socialist, and a defender of big business. He agitated for feminism and women's rights, for liberal divorce laws and greater marital freedom - to the last of which he lent momentum personally. He preached a health-and-salvation gospel that featured fresh air, honest toil, individualism, and positive thinking. Hubbard's gospel reached his public through several channels. Thousands of people heard him lecture in Orpheum Circuit vaudeville. His monthly magazine - the Philistine- was another torch he held. For fifteen years, Hubbard published monthly "Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great". Still more thousands of people came to visit his headquarters at East Aurora. He was a combination of lord of the manor and father and prophet to his employees; host and innkeeper to the pilgrims, honeymooners, and tourists; and as disturber of the peace and proprieties, giver of work, and unpredictable neighbor for the East Aurora population. Writer Freeman Champney, founder and editor of The Writer's Forum and manager of the Antioch Press for twenty years, captures fully the art and glory, life and times of the bedazzler that was Elbert Hubbard.
Arts & Crafts
Author: Kitty Turgeon and Robert Rust
Description: This coffee table book looks at American Arts and Crafts and is a stunning photographic survey of the style that epitomizes simplicity and quality. "Arts and Crafts" captures the beauty of timelessness of Craftsman houses, furniture, lamps, textiles and more. Whether you are a collector or plan to furnish your home with select reproductions, this exquisitely photographed volume is sure to provide a wealth of inspiration for decorating in the Arts and Crafts style. A number of the photographs were taken at the Roycroft Inn.
As Bees in Honey Drown
Author: Charles Hamilton
Description: Ten years of thorough research checked and rechecked along the way with his close friend and mentor, Elbert Hubbard II (Hubbard's son), has enabled the author to take his readers back to Hubbard's day and see him as he really was behind the blinding aura of fame that hid many sides of him from his contemporary critics and admirers alike. He shows how Elbert Hubbard was strangely invigorated by Alice Moore, a brilliant, comely and adoring school teacher who was the abiding love and lift of his life. At first secretly and then openly buoyed by Alice, Hubbard's career and influence expanded far beyond the field of writing. Skilfully employing Hubbard's own words whenever possible, author Hamilton dramatically, frankly, and with well-documented authenticity, portrays the public and private life of this many-faceted man. Elbert and Alice were good for each other before they rightfully belonged to each other and this caused heartbreak for others and for them but they made amends as best as humans can. Together, these two loved, suffered, achieved and died "as bees in honey drown". The book is generously illustrated with photographs of Hubbard-Roycroft memorabilia.
City of Light
Author: Lauren Belfer
Description: City of Light is the story of one of the largest cities in turn-of-the-century America, host of the Pan-American Exhibition and center of the emerging hydroelectric power industry: Buffalo, New York, the "city of light," a fountain of wealth and sophistication admired the world round.
City of Light is also the story of a woman whose safe existence within Buffalo's prosperous ruling class is suddenly threatened by scandal. She has led a rare life for a single woman in her time, as headmistress and hostess for Buffalo's most affluent families. But she has secrets whose revelation would destroy all she has worked for.
Head, Heart & Hands: Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters
Author: Maria Via & Eleanor Searle
Description: This is the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition by that name, mounted by the Memorial Art Gallery, and created by Marie Via and Eleanor Searle to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Roycroft in 1995. The show travelled to 7 venues around the US commencing in Rochester, NY at the Memorial Art Gallery. The show was a stunning and unique display of Roycroft's historic wares, each part documented by experts in each category and edited by Via and Searle. The chapter on the Roycroft Copper Shop, titled "Alchemy", was written by shop owner and Foundation for the Study of the Arts and Crafts Movement (FSA/CM) at Roycroft Executive Director Kitty Turgeon along with Robert Rust who were both very involved in living the Roycroft experience. "Alchemy" refers to transformation "so beyond the copper". That nugget will be a part of your experience at our Roycroft Road Scholar program where Kitty Turgeon is head of faculty.
This book is available at the Roycroft Shop. It is the definitive "must read" book for the serious arts and crafts student!
The Arts and Crafts Home
Author: Kitty Turgeon and Robert Rust
Description: "Authors Turgeon and Rust, two of the most knowledgeable and respected figures in the field of Arts and Crafts study" says the book cover of this writing duo. In this expanded volume is shared the fruits of years of fascination with the Movement focusing on decoration, but with forays into the history behind the style. This lavishly illustrated coffee table book leads you through the Arts and Crafts home, discussing architectural styles, interior details, furniture, paint and color, textiles, lamps, art pottery, the garden and much more, showing one how to achieve the simplicity and harmony characteristic of the style. This edition covers Arts and Crafts philosophy and traces the International variety of styles comprising a significant period of reform for human rights and social justice that Executive Director Kitty Turgeon (lead faculty of the Road Scholar program) considers the "real" legacy of Elbert and Alice Hubbard's Roycroft.
The Roycroft Campus
Author: Robert Rust & Kitty Turgeon
Description: A picture is worth a thousand words! This rewarding read is short on words but has over a hundred historic images. It is one of the Arcadia series bestselling books. Each chapter written by Foundation for the Study of the arts & Crafts Movement (FSA/CM) a.k.a. "Foundation at Roycroft" Executive Director Kitty Turgeon features 128 photographs that were in the authors' collection. It covers founders Elbert and Alice Hubbard's family, the Roycroft Campus, its products and buildings including the workers and even the 50 year old Roycroft Renaissance. If you read no other book, this one will give you an overview of the history of this place that Hubbard described as "more than a place; it's a state of mind".