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Four Volumes of the Complete Novels of F.Scott Fitzgerald

Brown, Chris (2005) Four Volumes of the Complete Novels of F.Scott Fitzgerald. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Brown, Chris

Following the successes of the Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham and the Complete Short Stories of Agatha Christie (which were selected for the V&A illustration awards 2005) I was commissioned by the Folio Society to illustrate the Complete Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Because of the rigorous nature of my research, (visiting the V&A, seeing the various versions of films based on Fitzgerald’s work, reading various biographies) I have created a piece of work, which although using traditional techniques is contemporary in its interpretation. Members of the Folio Society, which has members worldwide, will obviously purchase the collection. It is believed I have illustrated the definitive collection of Fitzgerald’s work. This is the first time a single illustrator has interpreted the complete works of the author.

Illustrating fiction requires a thorough understanding of the text. I read each novel several times and make notes of passages, which might be illustrated. The required research is of fashion, time and place. The construction of a plan is necessary to understand the linear narrative. There is a close association with both art director and editor to discuss the selected passages.

Each of the four volumes comes in a slipcase. There are two versions of printed cover cloths and 38 b/w illustrations. The volumes were featured in the Folio Society’s catalogue.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 1 January 2005
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 14:03
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2010 14:31
Item ID: 1200
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1200

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