Author(s): Walter Whitman
Walt Whitman's iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it's only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate - like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures - Whitman's masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, 'Song of Myself'. Crawford has turned the original sixy-page poem from Whitman's 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that's both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem - they're exuberant, rough and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artefact in its own right and a masterful tribute to one of America's greatest poets.
The epic text of one of America's greatest poets, reimagined in stunning illustrations.
Praise for "Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself" "Zestful. . .exudes the essence of Whitman's 1855 edition."--"New York Times" "Allen Crawford brings you the words of Walt Whitman beautifully arranged and illustrated in "Whitman Illuminated: Song Of Myself.""--Buzzfeed "Crawford's tribute is a beautiful piece of art that every Whitman lover will want on their bookshelf."--Flavorwire "[Crawford's] elegant, lyrical play of text size and orientation layers over Whitman's poem a kind of visual rhythm that not only harmonizes with the original verses but enriches them and gives them uncommon dimension."--Brainpickings "Crawford's work is almost something else entirely, a pictorial guidebook to Whitman's catalog of Americana. The poem is so vivid it's almost surprising no one has thought of this before. The few samples of the work available online thus far are stunning."--Philly.com Praise for Allen Crawford's (aka Lord Whimsy) "The Affected Provincial's Companion, Volume One" ..".one of the more charming treatises to come along in years...In short, [Crawford] glorifies almost every aspect of Homo Affectus...as [his] book points out, being a dandy is...about imagination, about dreaming up and acquiring and embodying a mixture of traits and clothes and habits peculiar to you. And if they seem peculiar to everyone else, well then, they had better catch up, hadn't they?"--The "New York Times" "Ask Whimsy, and he may call himself a "crack-pot" or a "shut-in." But if you want the full answer, hightail it to a bookstore and secure a copy of one of the most entertaining--and certainly weirdest--non-fiction titles of the summer...The Companion is a lifestyle battlecry, both quaint and radical, lighthearted and dead serious..."The Affected Provincial's Companion" may never dislodge The South Beach Diet as a guide to post-modern American living, but it is a lot more fun than any rivals in the field.
Walt Whitman (Author) Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. Although controversial upon publication, Whitman's great work, Leaves of Grass, is considered one of the most influential works in the American canon.Victor Allen Crawford (Author) Allen Crawford is an artist, illustrator, designer, and writer. Under the pseudonym 'Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy' Allen wrote, designed, and illustrated The Affected Provincial's Companion, Volume One, which was optioned for film by Johnny Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil. Allen has appeared in The New York Times, Interview, Orion, Frieze, Vice, Tin House, and Art in America. He lives in a small Quaker town in central New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. http://www.allencrawford.net