- Beverly Warren-Leigh
- Red Letter Days
A private history of the Second World War
Red Letter Days, edited by Beverly Warren-Leigh, was our first large-scale foray into historical text design. The two-volume set, which contains every extant letter Ms. Warren-Leigh’s father wrote and received from his childhood to the end of the Second World War, weighs in just shy of 1,000 profusely-illustrated pages.
The bulk of the book is concerned with the war, where Cameron Warren earned three Silver Stars as an officer in the Second Armored Division, and makes for an engaging and intimate social history of the period as it follows Mr. Warren’s from his childhood in Catholic boarding schools to his return from Europe and marriage in 1946.
Mr. Warren was a prodigious correspondent and at his death left an archive of hundreds of letters, photographs and related ephemera. His daughter, having been trained as a designer, made an initial attempt to get them into book form, but found that the less familiar duties of compilation and editing were daunting enough. She commissioned us to look at organizing the free-ranging manuscript into an orderly, coherent, and pleasant-reading volume.