Open Culture digs up T.S. Eliot’s illustrated cover for Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – later famously illustrated by the great Edward Gorey – and the author’s handwritten, hand-drawn manuscripts.
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The Writers’ Retreat
For the July 20 NY Times Book Review. Thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman and editor Pamela Paul!
Twelve of my Guardian cartoons are now available as prints, one is shown above. Each print is available in a signed and numbered edition of 100 archive quality giclee prints on 300gsm Hahnemule photo rag paper. You can order them on my website.
J - Howard Jacobson
J is set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited.
J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.
David Hughes was commissioned to paint a large J with two stripes of red to run across the spine of the letter. The J needed to fill the page. It needed to convey an underlying tension – to be dynamic with the energy seeping into the background.
Of course it wasn’t as straight forward as envisaged. Here are David’s comments on painting the J.
“After 8 attempts with ink and the like I slipped into my artist’s smock and beret, went over to the easel and with a sweep or two of the brush painted the letter J in black oil paint on lining paper (wallpaper). Voi-la`! Much better to paint your masterpiece standing up…”
Published by Jonathan Cape in September 2014
My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
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