A Remembrance of Enid

by Shelah Kane Scott

Enid and I reconnected at a Smith class reunion. We were walking back to our rooms from a lunch gathering and discovered to our delight, our mutual interest in books, Enid's in creating, mine in collecting. Some of her books were on exhibition in the College library at the reunion, and I was awed by her talent. From then on it was with great anticipation I waited for word of her next publication.

A few years ago, Jim and I were on a trip to Philadelphia and had a chance to spend a day with Enid and Gene. We had a superb lunch, cooked by Enid, and much good conversation. Books were not the only topics in which we shared an interest! After, we visited Enid's studio where we could see how and where she worked. I was again in awe of her wide ranging gifts. Each book is an incredible work, content, art, paper, type, and binding all combining into a seamless, beautiful whole.

It has been my pleasure to be able to add some of these treasures to the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA where we live. They are now part of the Library's noted collection of "livres d'artiste". In March a collectors group to which I belong will have a chance to see some of Enid's work in a special exhibition. It will be my tribute to her memory. What a fortunate chance it was for me that Enid and I had that walk together in Northampton.

Shelah Kane Scott