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Cover idea for illustration class for Herman Melville’s fantastic short story “Bartleby, the scrivener”. You should definitely consider reading it if you haven’t!


Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) 

American writer who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia (1918). In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover  and illustrations from My Ántonia By Willa Sibert Cather. With Illustrations by W. T. Brenda. Boston and new York: Houghton Mifflin Company. The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1918.


Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) 

American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She wrote film scripts from 1912, and became arguably the first-ever staff scriptwriter, when D.W. Griffith put her on the payroll at Triangle Film Corporation. She went on to write many of the Douglas Fairbanks films, as well as the stage adaptation of Colette’s Gigi. (Wikipedia)

From out stacks: Cover detail and illustration from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady By Anita Loos. Intimately Illustrated by Ralph Barton. New York: Boni & Liveright 1925.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) 

American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover, front matter and frontispiece from Twice Told Tales. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, n.d.


George Ade (February 9, 1866 – May 16, 1944)

American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright. His work constitutes a vast comedy of Midwestern manners and, indeed, a comedy of late 19th-century American manners. In 1915, Sir Walter Raleigh, Oxford professor and man of letters, while on a lecture tour in America, called George Ade “the greatest living American writer.” (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1.-2. Cover and frontispiece from True Bills By George Ade. Illustrated. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1904.  3. Title page detail from More Fables by George Ade. Illustrated by Clyde J. Newman. Chicago & New York: Herbert S. Stone, 1900.  4.-5. Cover and frontispiece from People You Know By George Ade. Illustrated by John T. McCutcheon and Others. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1904.  6.-7. Illustration and excerpt from Fables in Slang by George Ade. Illustrated by Clyde J. Newman. Chicago & New York: Herbert S. Stone, 1900.  


Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 – May 19, 1946)

American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once, along with William Faulkner and John Updike. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Cover detail from Mary’s Neck By Booth Tarkington. Frontispiece by Wallace Morgan. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., 1932.  2.-3. Frontispiece by Clarence F Underwood and cover detail from The Flirt By Booth Tarkington. Illustrated. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1919.  4. Frontispiece by Arthur William Brown from Seventeen; A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and The Baxter Family Especially William By Booth Tarkington. Illustrated. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1916.