Artwork By Famous Authors

Bet you didn’t know these writers also knew their way around a canvas.

1. Antoine De Saint-Exupery

He wrote the story along with the drawings. You can see his drawings on display at the Morgan Library in New York.

2. Sylvia Plath

Throughout her life, Sylvia Plath cited art as her deepest source of inspiration. Some of her drawings have been compiled together in a book.

3. Henry Miller

He was a close friend of the French painter Grégoire Michonze. It is estimated that Miller painted 2,000 watercolors during his life, and that 50 or more major collections of Miller’s paintings exist.

You can view a selection of his watercolors at the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

4. E.E. Cummings

American painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings.

5. William S. Burroughs

Standing in front of his “gunshot paintings” an effect he achieved by shooting paint cans and their splatter hitting the canvas.

6. Lewis Carroll

This is his portrait of Beatrice Hatch. He was more well known for his photography (example on the right) but dabbled in drawing and painting throughout his life.

7. Victor Hugo

Stands to reason Victor Hugo could have been a successful artist as well as author. “He rose above contemporary conventions and did not hesitate to elaborate on accidental effects if they satisfied his aesthetic sense. The result sometimes looked more like a 20th century abstract than a simple doodle.”

8. Flannery O’Connor

Her self-portrait is the most well known of O’Connor’s work as an artist. She also produced cartoons for her school paper like the one below.

9. William Faulkner

Faulkner began submitting jazz age drawings to magazines in college. The collection was published after his death and is not currently in print.

10. JRR Tolkien

You can get the full experience of J.R.R Tolkien’s creative vision in this collection. There are over 110 sketches in various forms. You can buy your copy here

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