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 enchants readers by invoking incredible worlds from words. These imaginative places exist in the familiar 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. It's called Plotted: A Literary Atlas. His extremely detailed illustrations are literary maps of classic stories. They help readers "navigate the twists and turns of complex storylines," writes Linda Poon for CityLab.
 
DeGraff's work pulls readers into old favorites. They include A Wrinkle in Time, The Odyssey and Around the World in 80 Days. The collection also features non-fiction maps. Those are inspired by books such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which maintains historical truths. 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."  It describes an endless library.  It's composed 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. It is so full of knowledge that it is actually quite useless to its visitors. 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. They are wandering around, looking for answers.
 
To get a look behind the scenes, DeGraff released several time-lapse videos. They reveal how he crafted his amazingly detailed maps. And if those literary worlds aren't enough, daring movie fans 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 (113)
  • anthonyr-
    12/04/2015 - 03:32 p.m.

    How many ar points is it and how many pages are their in the great book?

  • briannec-ste
    12/04/2015 - 05:42 p.m.

    Some things are very fictional with no amount of truth, The maps are mostly made up off what is read. I think it helps the reader to understand where the person is going if there is a map.

  • melissaj-Ste
    12/05/2015 - 12:30 p.m.

    That is so cool that Andrew DeGraff took the time to draw all of those maps. I assume that he previously read the stories that he drew maps of, otherwise he could miss key details that actual readers would notice. This is a great idea to draw a map, but I think a man or woman should read the book, make their own personal map then compare it to DeGraff's map. It is only a comparison between two imaginations.

  • hunterm-ver
    12/06/2015 - 06:35 p.m.

    The author needed to rely on his imagination for some maps because the stories were fictional and did not take place in real life.

  • jodya-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:15 a.m.

    i liked it because it was a good story cause in the story it says the writer trys to grab your attention by making a good story and that is why i liked it

  • christianm1-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:16 a.m.

    The author needed to rely on his imagination because he needed to come up with new ideas,he needs to make a map so he can see it in his mind.He gave hints so he could try to give people a good look on the story.

  • myat-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    The author needed to rely in his imagination for some maps because they are not real. So he is using his imagination so it can seem real .

  • daionnas-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    The author needed to rely on his imagination for some maps because he needed too think when he did it so it could be more creativly.

  • derekw-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    The author needs to rely on his imagination for some maps because he never seen what the map looks like so he thinks about he hear about the maps and and imagen what the map looks like

  • zaieierp-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:45 a.m.

    The author needed to rely on his imagination for some maps because he wanted and needed to come up with new images in his head to right them and make them better than they use to be.

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