For many years until his death in 1997, the great American publisher James Laughlin maintained a manila folder labeled “Handspring.”
As Laughlin explained, “I’m not sure who my double really is. He began long ago when I started putting the name Hiram Handspring on comical parody pieces in the New Directions annuals. A clown, harmless fellow. But now I think he has become rather sinister.” Pictured is one of the documents found in the folder on the life of Laughlin’s “double.”
From issue 179, Winter 2006.

For many years until his death in 1997, the great American publisher James Laughlin maintained a manila folder labeled “Handspring.”

As Laughlin explained, “I’m not sure who my double really is. He began long ago when I started putting the name Hiram Handspring on comical parody pieces in the New Directions annuals. A clown, harmless fellow. But now I think he has become rather sinister.” Pictured is one of the documents found in the folder on the life of Laughlin’s “double.”

From issue 179, Winter 2006.

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