Author provides maps to classic stories This is the literary map of "A Wrinkle in Time" (Andrew DeGraff/Zest Books)
Author provides maps to classic stories
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A great book captivates readers by conjuring incredible worlds from words. These imaginative places exist in the intimate space between writers and their audiences, but occasionally, the illusion blends into other forms of art.
 
That's exactly what happened when artist Andrew DeGraff interpreted the literary worlds of Robinson Crusoe, Huckleberry Finn and Phileas Fogg for his recent collection, Plotted: A Literary Atlas. His lavishly detailed illustrations are literary maps of classic stories, which help readers "navigate the twists and turns of complex storylines," writes Linda Poon for CityLab.
 
DeGraff's work pulls readers into old favorites like A Wrinkle in Time, The Odyssey and Around the World in 80 Days. The collection also features non-fiction maps, inspired by books such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which maintain historical accuracy. The fictional ones were left to DeGraff's wild imagination.
 
In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jonathan Russell Clark writes:
 
My favorite of the bunch is of Jorge Luis Borges's story "The Library of Babel," which describes an endless library comprised of "an indefinite, perhaps infinite, number of hexagonal galleries, with enormous ventilation shafts in the middle, encircled by very low railings." The Library contains all possible books ever written, and is so full of knowledge that it is actually quite useless to its patrons. DeGraff first presents a wide view of the Library from above, so it looks like a detail of a mechanical beehive. Then, in a close-up, we can spot people in the galleries, wandering around, looking for answers.
 
To get a look behind the scenes, DeGraff released several time-lapse videos that reveal how he crafted his remarkably intricate maps. And if those literary worlds aren't enough, intrepid cinephiles can always jump into DeGraff's movie-inspired illustrations. Just remember: don't get too lost.

Creating the Island of Despair, from Robinson Crusoe - Andrew DeGraff from Andrew DeGraff on Vimeo.

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Why did the author need to rely on his imagination for some maps?
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COMMENTS (7)
  • arianao-pay
    12/08/2015 - 10:48 a.m.

    When you're drawing a fictional world, you have to take the words in the novel and interpret them how you visualize them. Many people make different visuals in their head when reading. Our imagination plays a part in the visuals we make up in our minds.

  • justinl-pay
    12/08/2015 - 10:52 a.m.

    I think it's a nice thing for people of this age to put their input for classic stories for people of later time. It takes a great deal of creativity in order to visualize classics in your own way.

  • tishelh-pay
    12/08/2015 - 10:57 a.m.

    The author needed to rely on his imagination for these maps because all he had was descriptions no pictures or drawings, and besides everything is better when u use your imagination.

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    12/08/2015 - 11:46 a.m.

    He needed to rely on his imagination because some stories didn't always give very detailed explanations and they left some things out so he had to fill the gaps himself.

  • matthewt-pay
    12/08/2015 - 12:39 p.m.

    It is because some books don't paint a clear enough picture. Some don't use imagery as much as others. A book about government would be harder to make a map for rather than a book about natural phenomenas, because the natural phenomenas are occuring all around us and we know what they look like. Imagination is the key to many things in life, and it could make you rich, if you are imaginative in something like painting, those success stories of abstract paintings being sold for lots of money aren't only the things of fairy tales.

  • yuxinw-bea
    12/12/2015 - 11:27 p.m.

    The authuor needed to rely his iamination for some maps because he want help other navigate the twists and the turn of the map

  • joser-bea
    1/22/2016 - 12:24 p.m.

    I learned about a great book captivates readers by conjuring incredible worlds from words.

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