Folks who read our blog know that Lesley and I love reading, and that we read a lot. Moreover, we like to draw from time to time, as well as write about books and authors. Today’s post is just about all of that.
The idea behind this appeared quite suddenly. I finished reading Master and Margarita and started exploring Bulgakov’s biography. I wanted to know more about the author as well as find some cool facts about the novel, which I really liked. This is what I found on one of the sites (original illustration by Anton Glotov). I thought it was very stylish. Carefully crafted bits capture the essence and reading atmosphere of the novel. I sent it to a few of my friends and asked them to guess which book was behind the image (not all of them were bookworms, I must admit). Some guessed, while some did not. Others asked if there were any other similar images they could guess literary works from. I suddenly realized that I would happily challenge myself and guess, and guess, and guess again! Several hours of concentrated googling did not yield any results – i couldn’t find anything similar.
“If not me, then who?” I put together a list of authors that had a big impact on me at the time I was reading them. I tried to visualize some of their most influential works in images.
This is the result: (click to enlarge)
Have you got friends who like to read? Try to see who can get most correct answers! And please, do share similar illustrations of books and authors’ biographies. We will gladly guess those too.
- The Globe Theater, Hamlet, quote from “As You Like It” – Shakespeare
- The Little Prince watching the sunset, “The Little Prince” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Collage based on “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “In Search of the Castaways” + author’s portrait (check the wall on the left) – Jules Verne
- Collage based on “The Raven,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Black Cat,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” – Edgar Allan Poe
- Scene and a quote from “And Then There Were None” – Agatha Christie
- Big Brother and the Ministry of Truth, “Nineteen Eighty-Four” – George Orwell
- Corvin on his journey to Amber through shadows, “The Chronicles of Amber” – Roger Zelazny
- Louis’ restaurant scene, “The Godfather” – Mario Puzo
- Roland Deschain in front of the Dark Tower, “The Dark Tower Series” – Stephen King
- Shrike, Tree of Pain and pilgrims on their way to the Time Tombs, “Hyperion” – Dan Simmons
- Collage based on “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov
- John Keats himself, writing “To Autumn.”
- Scene from “In a Grove” – Ryunosuke Akutagawa
- Maya Angelou’s writing routine, as described in a 1983 interview with Claudia Tate
- Non-existent page from “Codex Seraphinianus” – Luigi Serafini