Very Good. Item #7381
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967. First Edition. Signed with inscription on front free endpaper. Octavo; xxii + 248pp, including bibliography, list of monuments, and index. Map of monuments in France and 135 B&W photographs.
Amaranth red cloth boards with gilt spine lettering and title stamped in blind on front panel. Textblock unmarred and unmarked, apart from inscription: "To Suzon & Don Loomis, who bring a lifetime of interest in art to this book, a rare boon to its author; may reading it add further zest to your future trips to Europe! Henry Kraus / November 14, 1967."
Kraus's survey is restricted to French monuments, which he covers exhaustively through the perspective of the performed narratives their art embodies—which is to say, "theatre."
Apart from authoring this still well-respected and useful survey in his later years, as a young man, the Remarkable Mr. Kraus was the organizer of the 1936-37 Flint Sit-Down Strike against General Motors, the editor of The Flint Auto Worker, and the spouse of Dorothy Kraus, who was a lead figure behind the UAW Women's Auxiliary.
The two phases of Kraus's life are intrinsically related. Hence his focus on the role of medieval guilds in the creation of Romanesque and Gothic monuments, and his coverage of the many depictions of daily tasks in the capitals, portals, tympanums and pediments of 13th century France.