“At 40, this short, plump, pinkish, and puckish gentleman kept books for a Chicago realtor, and considered himself a failure. During the next 36 years, starting almost from scratch at an age when most men are permanently set in their chosen vocations, he cut 113 fonts of type, thereby creating more usable faces than did the seven greatest inventors of type and books, from Gutenberg to Garamond.”

In 1946, less than a year before his death, Frederic goudy published a two volume autobiography in which he wrote about this life and the typefaces he had created. We’ve uncovered those books and turned them into beautiful ebooks that you can now enjoy.