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Old 07-26-2003, 06:07 PM   #1
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Local Author/Artist - G. Garfield Crimmins

A few months ago I picked up a strange book in the discount bin. I think it was Borders, but it might have been Barnes & Noble.

The title was 'The Republic of Dreams'. The author is G. Garfield Crimmins, who is described as 'an artist living in Pennsylvania'. In his picture in the flyleaf, he is bald with a mustache and goatee and looks a little like Vladimir Lenin.

The book is interesting in that it about a place reachable in ones dreams, where a person can lead a double life. This theme has been in other books, but the Republic is interesting because of its French and art-deco style. It also has props built into the book, like a pocket with a removable passport, postcards, envelopes built into the binding with removable telegrams, and an actual 'artistic license', which supports the books premise that, since the Republic is built of dreams, artists are a highly respected professional class there.

There are lots of sepia-colored photos including a lot of tasteful nude photographs in a 1920's style. The book itself is a sort of travelogue-spy thriller. The plot is lame and serves mostly to take the reader through the Republic.

It's a cute concept and a very odd book. I think Crispin wrote himself as the books protagonist, because one of the photos is of him in a Panama hat, dark jacket, Bermuda shorts and cane arm-in-arm with a beautiful topless woman in a sarong with a shawl draped across her shoulder and neck and fringes or beads dropping down to her chest.

It looks like part of the book was paid for by an NEA grant.

The book listed for $22 but I think I paid $4 or 5 for it.

I have two questions about the book and author.

1) Does anyone here know Mr. Crimmins?
2) In real life does he come across as an eccentric person? Did he write/design the book sober?
3) What is the procedure to have the NEA fund a project involving an individual taking pictures of himself next to partially or totally nude beautiful women? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:31 AM   #2
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who knows? Where do I get a copy?
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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Hello, I can tell you what you want to know about G. Garfield Crimmins. I am his widow. Jerry died last year from a rare form of cancer.

Yes Jerry wrote the book sober. Well mostly.

Yes he was as eccentric in life.

He did not receive an NEA for the book, although he did receive an NEA some years before.

And FYI I am the woman in the photo. Thank you for the compliment.

I hope I've been of help.

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Old 10-01-2008, 08:03 AM   #4
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Welcome Nadja!



and thanks for the information.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:31 AM   #5
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Wow. Stick around long enough and all questions are answered!
I add my thanks for your response Nadja, and sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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Welcome to the Cellar, Nadja. Condolences on your loss.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:26 PM   #7
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Yes, I knew Mr. Crimmins, he was my teacher at Moore College of Art my freshman year. (1972) I am now a teacher and employ many of the teaching strategies that he used thirty seven years ago, they still work! Classical music in the morning, and contemporary in the afternoon. The volume was just so that you could hear it, if you were quiet and working. Twenty boxed sketches a day in your sketchbook, drawn with a rapidograph, black ink, were turned in weekly. He was strict but fair, very interesting to listen to and taught me the foundations of drawing that I still use today. He was one of my best and memorable teachers at Moore.
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:22 AM   #8
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*Smiles* smaguire that's lovely. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Oh and welcome to the cellar. Feel free to stick around, but be careful: not all doors in the cellar lead to nice places...:P
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