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Alston Purvis is an associate professor at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, wherehe serves as chairman of the Department of Graphic Design, and an active graphic designerand writer. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University, from1971 until 1981 he taught graphic design and drawing at the Royal Academy of Fine Artsat The Hague. He is the author of numerous publications, including Dutch Graphic Design,1918–1945 (1992), H. N. Werkman (2004), The Vendetta: FBI Hero Melvin Purvis’s War AgainstCrime, and J. Edgar Hoover’s War Against Him (2005), and Dutch Graphic Design: A Century ofInnovation (2006). In addition, he is coauthor of Wendingen, 1918–1932 (2001), A Centuryof Posters (2002), Graphic Design 20th Century (2003), Meggs’ History of Graphic Design (2005),Creative Type (2005), Jan Tschichold: Posters of the Avantgarde (2007), Posters NL (2007), andJan Tschichold, Life and Work (2008).
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