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A Thousand Words: When Authors Act as Artists


Melville House had a great post a few days ago about the art of great authors. It was full of beautiful examples – paintings and art by the likes of Goethe, Victor Hugo, Herman Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry Miller (complete with genitalia, naturally) and more.

It made me think to scour the site and see what gems we might have for sale. Granted, these are largely by authors who also actually WERE artists, but they are beautiful and priceless pieces nevertheless.

Original Watercolor for Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Arthur Rackham

Original Art of a Wild Thing with Mickey Mouse by Maurice Sendak

Original Childhood Art by Sylvia Plath

Flying Saucer in the Field by Edward Gorey

"The Tea Party" - Original Watercolor by Beatrix Potter

Original drawing of Curious George by H.A. Rey

Turtles by Dr. Seuss

And if you’re interested in browsing and gaping (or buying!), there is much more original art by authors and illustrators available on AbeBooks.

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Beth Carswell

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I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

2 Responses to “A Thousand Words: When Authors Act as Artists”

  1. I really enjoyed this particular article. thanks!

  2. Beth Carswell
    Beth Carswell June 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Happy to hear it, Jay – thank you for the comment!