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HUBBARD, Elbert Green [1856-1915] -- American writer, editor and printer

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Elbert Hubbard, of East Aurora, New York was a philosopher, soap salesman, entrepreneur, vaudville performer, bohemian, bigamist, horseman, humorist, printer, novelist, moralist, farmer, egotist, liar, plagiarist, avid supporter of big business, avid defender of individual rights, anti-intellectual, supporter of the arts, male chauvinist, pro-feminist, and college drop-out.
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Influenced by William Morris (the writer and craftsman), he established at East Aurora, NY, the Roycroft Shop, named after two 17th century printers, where he produced in the style of the Arts and Craft Movement: pottery, leather and metal work, and objets d'art of various kinds. There he also operated a hotel and published a pocket-sized monthly magazine, the Philistine (1895-1915).

The Philistine was considered scandalous, although it's difficult now to see why, and was a success, with a paid circulation of over 200,000. He also published a larger magazine, the Fra, and numerous chiefly biographical sketches, Little Journeys, and other essays, ultimately filling 14 volumes. Chief among these was his phenomenal Message to Garcia (1899), with a record sales of 40 million copies!

Roycroft employed over 500 craftsmen, working in a pseudo-communal organization at very low wages. From 1900, Hubbard would spend summers on a lecture tour, and his slight frame and "Bohemian" dress, with a ribbon bow tie, became a familiar sight on speaking platforms from coast to coast.

He and his second wife perished in the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat, 7 May 1915.  -30-
 

Chronology

1895
Founded at East Aurora, NY, the Roycroft Shop to revive old handicrafts
1895-1915
Founded, edited and wrote for the monthly magazine The Philistine
1908-1917
Founded and edited The Fra

Selected Works

  • Man of Sorrows (1908)
  • A Message to Garcia (1899 essay)
  • So Here Cometh White Hyacinths (1907)
  • Time and Chance (1899)
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