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Writers’ Houses Illustrated

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Minimalist illustrations of iconic writers’ abodes, from Twain to Dickinson to Poe.

We have an ongoing fascination with where creators create. And while it’s somewhat easier to picture the studios of artists and designers, since there’s an aesthetic expectation aligned with their visual styles, it’s invariably a mystery to imagine where wordsmiths work their magic. That’s the subject of a collaboration between literary pilgrim A.N. Devers and design duo Michael Fusco and Emma Straub, based on the excellent Writers’ Houses site, exploring the domiciles of famous scribes through a series of stunning screenprints.

From Emily Dickinson‘s humble homestead to Mark Twain‘s whimsical micro-mansion the eerie abode of mid-century illustrator Edward Gorey, known as the Elephant House — the only monochromatic print of the bunch, perhaps a nod to Gorey’s distinctive macabre style — the two-color prints are absolutely lovely and disproportionately affordable at just $20 each, with proceeds funding the ongoing Writers’ Houses project.

For more literary voyeurism, take a peek at the excellent American Writers at Home by J. D. McClatchy and photographer Erica Lennard — a fascinating look at how physical space has shaped the work of some of today’s most beloved authors.

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