The New York Times talks to four book cover designers about going from an original concept to a final design. Above, Jason Booher talks about his concepts for J. G. Ballard’s autobiography, Miracles of Life.
Attention all you Great Gatsby 3D exegetes out there: we now have Trimalchio, Fitzgerald’s early draft of the novel, on our front table.In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Luhrman not only calls Trimalchio a “tremendous resource,” he also credits it with providing the impetus for shooting the movie in 3D: “From the moment I saw the Cambridge University Press cover—with the brown band over the black band OVER the red band—I knew this movie wouldn’t work in two dimensions.”Why he didn’t cast Claire Danes as Daisy remains to be explained.
Never enough Lansbury.
I want this. Hard.
OH. MY. GOD.
ANY list of the leading novelists of the 19th century, writing in English, would almost surely include Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain.
But they do not appear at the top of a list of the most influential writers of their time. Instead, a recent study has found, Jane Austen, author of “Pride and Prejudice, “ and Sir Walter Scott, the creator of “Ivanhoe,” had the greatest effect on other authors, in terms of writing style and themes.
These two were “the literary equivalent of Homo erectus, or, if you prefer, Adam and Eve,” Matthew L. Jockers wrote in research published last year. He based his conclusion on an analysis of 3,592 works published from 1780 to 1900. It was a lot of digging, and a computer did it.
|—||Researchers enlist big data in identifying the most influential authors in literary history. For a far less scientific and arguably far more fun take, see Circles of Influence. (via explore-blog)|
@melvillehouse Book Culture Staff Bookclub pick for October. (Taken with Instagram)
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