A. S. Hamrah

  • Ed Emshwiller, Disintegration of a Field-Force, cover art for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (February 1957). © Estate of Ed Emshwiller/Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller (Anthology Editions, 2019).

    Ed Emshwiller

    IN 1951, Ed Emshwiller (1925–1990), a World War II veteran and fledgling commercial illustrator from Michigan who had studied in Paris and at the Art Students League of New York, bought a house with his wife, Carol, in Levittown, a newly built community on Long Island that offered lines of credit to GIs. A prime midcentury symbol of cookie-cutter conformity, middle-class anxiety, and real-estate redlining, Levittown provided the Emshwillers with a secure base from which to launch their careers, Ed as an artist, Carol as a writer. The Emshwillers were perhaps the sole residents who fully dedicated