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Here are more than a hundred wonderful and sensitive duotone portraits of our major novelists, poets, and playwrights. Paired with the photographs are fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, meditations on the civic importance of writing, and so forth. Some of these photographs are well known—Bellow, Mailer, Cheever, and Capote—and others have never before been published. Many were taken on location, from Muriel Spark ...
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Overview

Here are more than a hundred wonderful and sensitive duotone portraits of our major novelists, poets, and playwrights. Paired with the photographs are fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, meditations on the civic importance of writing, and so forth. Some of these photographs are well known—Bellow, Mailer, Cheever, and Capote—and others have never before been published. Many were taken on location, from Muriel Spark in Tuscany and James Baldwin in Provence to Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City. All are strikingly fresh and authentic. The pithy and idiosyncratic thoughts on writing are a perfect complement to the superb portraits; often words and pictures seem to exist in a magical rapport. For all of us who care about the American literary scene, Nancy Crampton's gift is an intimate look at our literary heroes, our Writers.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
W.H. Auden, Edwidge Danticat, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Maurice Sendak, Joseph Brodsky, Lorrie Moore, Tom Stoppard, Chinua Achebe, Ian McEwan, Jonathan Franzen, Gayl Jones, Nelson Algren-the list goes to 104: the number of joyous duotones presented in this collection of exceptionally evocative photos of authors. Crampton is the official photographer for the famed 92nd Street Y's Unterberg Poetry Center, which features readings by writers across the literary spectrum. Her intimate, New York-centric photos (subjects are placed on streets, in offices and in apartments rather than in a professional studio) of celebrated writers span more than 30 years. What makes this collection of shots most worthy, however, is the way in which each subject appears attached to Crampton, wanting to give her the smile or the gesture she's looking for. If there's little drama, there's lots of give and take and warmth. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Crampton, official photographer for the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, is best known for the photographs she's taken of famous writers, which are featured on hundreds of book jackets. This handsomely produced book is a collection of more than 100 expressive black-and-white portraits of American novelists, poets, and playwrights taken over a 30-year period. Crampton must have had a warm rapport with these writers to have captured so many in seemingly unguarded poses. Opposite each portrait (all are single with the exception of the lively Studs Terkel's 12-image grid) are eloquent quotes from the writers offering personal recollection or thoughts on their craft. Plates of both established writers-e.g., Saul Bellow, Eudora Welty, and Truman Capote-and newer stars-e.g., Jhumpa Lahiri, Lanford Wilson, and Lorrie Moore-are included, as is an index of writers. The foreword by former poet laureate Mark Strand sums up the book: "The result is an incomparably interesting collection of visions and insights." Highly recommended for all libraries collecting in the areas of portrait photography and photo techniques, biography, and American authors.-Ann D. Carlson, Oak Park & River Forest H.S. Lib., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593720193
  • Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,105,856
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Crampton lives in New York City and is the official photographer of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, famous for its literary readings. Hundreds of book jackets and magazine articles have featured her photographs.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2005

    A Photographer's Glimpse into the Creativity of Writers

    A reader's delight, photographer Nancy Crampton has captured the faces (and personalities) of over one hundred of our most prominent writers and poets in this outstanding monograph. Following an introduction of elegant simplicity by Mark Strand, Crampton presents a seamless flow of the artists whose words have filled our eyes and minds, but somehow have eluded our visual images of the creators. While most books by the subjects surveyed include a 'jacket photo', those semblances are usually posed and formal and tell us little about the writer. Crampton goes 'into the wild' and captures her subjects in studios, out of doors, in public places - any place she finds conducive to the comfort of the subject. These magnificent duotones are not only technically superb as photographic portraits they convey much of the 'mystery' of the artists. WH Auden is captured in closeup taking a drag on his ubiquitous cigarette James Baldwin in his white djellaba gazes straight into our eyes from France Eudora Welty sits graciously in her overstuffed armchair in Jackson, Mississippi Gabriel Garcia Marquez smiles, eye glasses in hand, in Mexico City John Cheever sits in solitude but for his dog on the steps in New York and Susan Sontag, Jorge Luis Borges, Anne Sexton, Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Maurice Sendak, Joseph Brodsky, Lorrie Moore, Tom Stoppard, Chinua Achebe, Ian McEwan, Jonathan Franzen - the list seems endless - all give Crampton their moment of cooperation. This is a valuable addition to the library of every avid reader. Meet the faces and images of your favorite writers, be challenged by faces you may not know, and enjoy this captured bit of literary history. Very Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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