Author provides maps to classic stories
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 (114)
  • 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.

    • kaitlynnb-lan
      12/07/2015 - 11:32 a.m.

      nice job

    • kaitlynnb-lan
      12/07/2015 - 11:37 a.m.

      The author relyied on his imagination to picture things and places but to be honest i didnt read it

    • kaitlynnb-lan
      12/07/2015 - 11:49 a.m.

      The author relyies on his imagination for some maps is because when you read you most likely picture some things so when he sees a place on the map he pictures what it looks like.


      I dindt read it so i might be wrong

    • jadat-lan
      12/07/2015 - 12:25 p.m.

      He needed to rely on his imagination because maybe he wanted to try to do it all by himself and not depend on any body

  • genesiss-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:46 a.m.

    The author needed to rely on his maps because it was his way of knowing what to draw.

  • jamesh-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:46 a.m.

    author need to rely on his imagination for some maps bacause. 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

  • cassidym-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:48 a.m.

    The author need to rely on his imaginaton for some maps because his imagination is wild he thinks of magical places to go.I know this because in paragraph 3 it says the fictional ones come from his wild imagiantion

  • cassidym-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:51 a.m.

    the author need to rely on his imagination for some maps because he has an wild imagination. In paragraph 3 it says he has an wild imagination.

  • jamesh-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:51 a.m.

    author need to rely on his imagination for some maps because 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 idea mostly people use maps for alot of different thing in this world.it says in paragraph 3 " The collection also features non-fiction maps. Those are inspired by books such as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas"this give the person a idea of the article because its talking mostly about the article so people with understand the consep of the story

  • johnb2-lan
    12/07/2015 - 10:53 a.m.

    The author had to rely on his imagination of the maps because he had to find his way out of somewhere if he didnĀ“t no were he was at. He might have just made things that just came to his head like a lollipop because thats what imagination is about letting out things from out of your mind. Thats the reason why you imagine stuff,like when sleep you dream.

    from,
    john

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