Notes: Michael McCurdy’s wood engravings and illustrations may be found in over 190 books for both children and adults, and in fine limited editions. An author, as well as an illustrator and printmaker, McCurdy also has published significant small-press first editions by leading American and European writers and poets. Born in New York City, McCurdy grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. As a boy, he wanted above all to print things. “I wanted to set type, smell printers’ ink, hear the clank of presses,” he explains. Later, after studying art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Tufts University, and then teaching it, he started his own press, where he made fine books by hand. Today, McCurdy still designs and illustrates both his own books and books written by others. He has designed cover and jacket art for books and magazines and has produced posters and prints. His art has been exhibited in close to 200 one-person and group shows.