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The House on Mount Misery

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226314655
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226314679 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226314679.003.0009
The House on Mount Misery

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This chapter describes the home, now a museum, of sculptor Wharton Esherick. In 1926 he built a studio up from his farmhouse, on the top of the hill called Mount Misery. Later he moved up the hill into the studio and added on to it over the course of his life. Esherick not only went to the woods as a source of inspiration but also to the essence of wood, devoting his life to the pursuit of his craft, living impoverished while influencing younger wood masters who were eventually lucky enough to make good money from their craft. He carved out an existence for himself and his family, winning some recognition for his work, but no real fame or fortune in his lifetime.

Keywords: Wharton Esherick; sculptor; inspiration

Chapter.  10676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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