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Unauthorized Portraits


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ISBN 10: 0679454667 / ISBN 13: 9780679454663
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine dark red cloth in fine dust wrapper. 4to 173 pgs. Inscribed by Sorel on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 011356

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Title: Unauthorized Portraits

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: B&W & Color Illustrations

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed By the Author

Edition: 1st Stated

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From one of America's most brilliant satirical artists: his best, his funniest, his most deliciously wicked and memorable caricatures of the past thirty years.
Here are history's great and near great--166 heroes, rogues, fools, and geniuses: from Moses leading his kvetching people ("Some miracle! If I don't get pneumonia, that'll be a miracle") through the parted Red Sea waters, to George Gershwin teaching Fred Astaire a dance step, to Madonna seen as a horseperson of the apocalypse ; from Brahms dozing off as Liszt plays, to Rodin auditioning models, and Reagan as Robin Hood, taking from the poor and giving to the rich.
Here are such fabulous targets for the satirist's pen as LBJ, Nixon and the Watergate Gang, a holstered Jimmy Carter at high noon in the hostage crisis, and a poignant Dan Quayle as the central figure in a comic strip about a man who wants a little respect.
And it's pure pleasure to watch Sorel portray Tom Wolfe in his famous white suit or Woody Allen and Mia Farrow caught in The Storm, or draw a bead on such superstars as Picasso and John Updike, Barbra Streisand, Colette, Truman Capote, and the entire cast of Casablanca. Each of the book's three sections--"History," "Entertainment and the Arts,"  "Politics" --has a wry autobiographical introduction, and every drawing has its own pithy, informative caption.
Here's wit aplenty, visual and verbal--a splendid satirical view of the wise, the beautiful, the clever, and the flawed, over the centuries, who loom large in our lives and in our imaginations.


Edward Sorel has been wielding his squiggle-prone, satirical pen for more than 40 years, poignarding the heroes, villains, and holy fools of history. Sometimes he looks far into the past for his subjects: we're not likely to see a more human image of Moses, parting the Red Sea for a horde of skeptical followers. ("If he's so smart," one complains, "why doesn't he make these dead fish disappear?") And his picture of a pouting Napoleon, who's just given Josephine her walking papers for failing to produce an heir, catches the man at a less-than-imperial moment. Yet Sorel is even better when it comes to modern times. Who else has gotten down the dime-store priapism of Hugh Hefner with such good humor? Sorel captures James Joyce's myopic intensity, Tom Wolfe's white-suited dandyism, and Lyndon Johnson at his grinning, victorious, ballot-stuffing best. Serving up our household gods in black and white or color, Unauthorized Portraits opens a window into contemporary culture, and a hugely entertaining one at that.

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