Monday, December 10, 2007
Book Review - The Writer's Brush: Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures by Writers
Although I haven't had a lot of time to spend with this new and very large book (457 oversized pages), I'm sure I will once this busy month ends. The book includes reproductions of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by more than 200 of the world's most famous writers. Many of the European writers are unfamiliar to me, but there is a wonderful selection of art by writers I love: poet Charles Simic, Mark Twain, William Saroyan, Wallace Sevens, T.H. White, Jonathan Lethem, Henry Milller, Hermann Hesse, Patricia Highsmith... to name just a few. It's fascinating to see the variety of doodles, sketches and paintings they've created. (When I found art by a favorite writer, I really wanted to see more than just one or two examples. Space constraints, though.) A brief biography is included for each writer, in addition to quotations from journals or letters about what motivated them to express their creativity through art. The colorful painting on the book jacket is by Sylvia Plath.
"Look, says the image, at how few words I need. Listen, says the poem, to what you can read between the lines." - Gunter Grass