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Two Publication of the West Virginia Penitentiary: Work & Hope and Pen Revue
Moundsville, West Virginia: West Virginia Penitentiary, 1938. Very Good. Octavos. Stapled illustrated wrappers. 40pp. and [36]pp. Very good with toning and general wear including a coupe tears at the edges, rubbing, and ring marks to one issue. The publications include Work & Hope, a monthly magazine published by the inmates of the West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville, and Pen Revue, a program for a 1938 stage production at the same facility. Work & Hope, published in January 1927, features a mix of institutional news, religious writings, poetry, jokes, and uplifting articles. The Pen Revue program prints the cast of the 34th annual production, entitled "Variety Manor." The production was staged and produced by L. Budd Haberstick, the cover artist of the Work & Hope issue included here, suggesting both these publications were likely his copies. Haberstick would later found The Little Theatre of Greenville, South Carolina with his wife in the early 1960s. The gothic style West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville, which operated from 1876 to 1995, is today opened for tours and as a haunted attraction during the fall. Both are rare. OCLC locates no copies of these exact publications, though a few scattered earlier copies of Work & Hope are held by West Virginia University, along with one later issue of Pen Revue.
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