This is a rare collection of black and white mounted photos I acquired from an estate in Bel Air, California some years ago, all bearing on the reverse a green stamp "From the Estate of Norman Cousins", sizes ranging from 14" by 7 1/2" to 17" by 13". These are circa 1960's works by the noted American political journalist, author, professor, world peace advocate, and photographer, Norman Cousins (1915-1990). He was a talented and avid photographer, though he is not especially remembered today for his talents in that direction. These ten works, according to hand-written notations on the reverse of the boards, were taken in Nagasaki (Japan), Korea, Laos, Ethiopia, India, and the USSR. Only one is dated (1962), but that gives some clue as to when these were created. Unfortunately they have been poorly handled over the years, and are offered now in as-is condition. A number have sticky drips, abrasions, and other serious flaws, but several are in displayable condition. Most have thin strips of wood affixed to the reverse of the boards, and hanging hardware, as if to have been displayed in a photo show (and that term also appears on the reverse of several). Cousins, born in New Jersey, by 1940 went to work for the Saturday Review of Literature, later to become known simply as Saturday Review. By 1942 he was its editor-in-chief, a position he held until 1972. Cousins is best remembered today as a fierce promoter of liberal causes, especially nuclear disarmament, and for his best-selling 1979 book, "Anatomy of an Illness: As perceived by the patient", which explored how the mind-set of the patient, psychological stance, could actually affect the course of physical disease and healing. During the 1960's, Cousins was an unofficial ambassador between the Vatican, Kremlin and White House. He won numerous peace prizes during the 1960's and 1970's. John F. Kennedy complimented him on his work, as did Albert Einstein, who called him to Princeton. During much of his life, Cousins suffered from heart disease and connective tissue disorders. This personal journey through ill health inspired his work at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. This collection of powerful images represents a rare opportunity to acquire work by a very talented Renaissance Man of the mid 20th century.
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