5 Artistic Renderings of Authors in Their Own Words

Does an author’s work define him? The prevailing opinion these days seems to be that the work exists outside of the author- that the writer is in actuality a first reader. I prefer to think of books as an irremovable part of an author, like their bones or blood. Artist John Sokol has translated this into visual art, creating portraits of authors using words from their work. His website has the full collection, but here are five of my favorites:

Dante as The Inferno

Eudora Welty as “Powerhouse”


James Joyce as Ulysses



Longfellow as “Psalm of Life”

William Faulkner as The Sound and the Fury

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