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Self-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves
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SELF-PORTRAIT: BOOK PEOPLE PICTURE THEMSELVES from the collection of Burt Britton. Random House 1975. From the February 10, 1975 issue of The New Yorker. “…Still another Strand-hound is Burt Britton, who presides over the review copies at the Strand. He once ran the door at the Village Vanguard where he asked the performers and known people in the audience to draw themselves on napkins. When he got his job at Strand, he asked writers and illustrators to do the same in a sketchbook. He now has almost 2 sketchbooks which Random House will publish as a book. Britton says it’s the only original thing he's ever done.” The book collects over seven hundred self portraits by novelists, poets, children's book authors, critics, artists and illustrators. Here are some examples.
Maya Angelou
James Baldwin
Romare Bearden
Saul Bellow
Truman Capote
Roald Dahl
Ralph Ellison
Oriana Fallaci
Carlos Fuentes
Allen Ginsberg
Lillian Hellman
Brad Holland
Elaine Lustig-Cohen
Norman Mailer
Arthur Miller
S. J. Perelman
Richard Price
Philip Roth
Patti Smith
Terry Southern
Stephen Spender
William Steig
John Updike
Kurt Vonnegut
Eudora Welty
Thomas Wolfe


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