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Plotted: A Literary Atlas (Hardback)
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Plotted: A Literary Atlas (Hardback)

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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 20/10/2015
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This incredibly wide-ranging collection of maps - all inspired by literary classics - offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. Andrew DeGraff's stunningly detailed artwork takes readers deep into the landscapes from The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down,A Christmas Carol, and more. Sure to reignite a love for old favorites and spark fresh interest in more recent works as well, Plotted provides a unique new way of appreciating the lands of the human imagination.

Publisher: Orange Avenue Publishing
ISBN: 9781936976867
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 254 x 203 x 27 mm


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*Starred review*llustrator DeGraff has created a collection of maps that are paired with essays by Harmon (Super Pop!), illuminating classic works of literature in fun and appealing new ways. Through these intricate and inventive illustrations, DeGraff seeks to create visual representations for some of his favorite works that "provide a sense of contour sometimes literal and sometimes metaphorical." Many of the stories depicted are from classic works of children's literature (such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Wrinkle in Time), and all are plotted intricately with vibrant colors. DeGraff also includes sophisticated renderings from the works of Shakespeare, Kafka, Borges, Homer, Austen, and Verne. Some representations are maps in the common sense, with DeGraff tracing the movements of Odysseus around the Mediterranean, Scrooge and company around London, or Hamlet et al. through the rooms of Elsinore castle. Some feature diagrams, such as the depiction of the Pequod from Moby Dick, while others are more abstract; DeGraff plots the romantic courses of the characters of Pride and Prejudice in an intertwined rollercoaster-like structure. Harmon's brief ruminations on these works add an additional dimension to the maps. This is a rewarding excursion across the literary landscape that will be cherished by map enthusiasts as well as bibliophiles. "Publishers Weekly"
*Starred review*Illustrator DeGraff describes himself as the son of a teacher and a pretty big reader who wanted to do something mappy and bookish. So he teamed up with essayist and editor Harmon and created a book of exuberantly inventive, spectacularly executed, and dazzlingly engrossing feats of literary cartography. Each of the 19 astutely selected classics is summarized in a peppery introductory essay, followed by DeGraff s visual tracking of characters, places, and events. Stories about journeys are a natural fit for this ambitious project, and so the book begins with the Odyssey, cuing readers to the guiding principle of Plotted: the more closely you attend to DeGraff s maps, the more you discover. Playing with aerial perspectives, proportions, and cut-away views, DeGraff fits a stunning amount of narrative and atmospheric information into his spirited, detailed visualizations, each in a style perfectly, if completely unexpectedly, suited to the tale. Standouts are his renderings of Robinson Crusoe, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Jorge Luis Borges The Library of Babel. Pride and Prejudice resembles a marble run; Invisible Man inspired historically accurate, knock-out drawings of New York City. Other exciting selections include a poem by Emily Dickinson, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Watership Down, and A Wrinkle in Time. A unique, display-ready volume of great allure and pleasure. Donna Seaman from"Booklist""
*A 2015 Booklist YA Editor's Choice Pick
A map is worth a thousand words. San Francisco-based illustrator Andrew DeGraff has created 19 idiosyncratic and highly detailed maps based on the landscapes and locales in popular literature, from Odysseus punishingly circuitous route to the time continuum of 'A Wrinkle in Time.' "Wall Street Journal"
" Plotted," at first glance, is merely beautiful gorgeous multipage maps, drawn by DeGraff, of Frederick Douglass Eastern Shore and the rabbits warrens of Watership Down. But as you read DeGraff s clever accompanying essays, you realize that what you re holding is actually quite an innovative work of literary criticism, offering new ways of looking at books and stories that seemed entirely familiar. "Slate"
[A] stunningly illustrated collection of maps. . . allows readers a unique look at their favorite fictional worlds. . . The perfect package for you, or the perfect gift for that literature lover in your life. "A.V. Club"
These brilliant literary maps will help you understand your favorite book. "Smithsonian.com"
[B]eautiful maps that enhance classic works like "Hamlet," "Pride and Prejudice," "Invisible Man," "A Wrinkle in Time," "Watership Down," "A Christmas Carol," among others, while standing on their own as storytelling pieces. "Tor.com"
This is a rewarding excursion across the literary landscape that will be cherished by map enthusiasts as well as bibliophiles. "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Playing with aerial perspectives, proportions, and cut-away views, DeGraff fits a stunning amount of narrative and atmospheric information into his spirited, detailed visualizations, each in a style perfectly, if completely unexpectedly, suited to the tale. . . A unique, display-ready volume of great allure and pleasure. Booklist (starred review)
Andrew DeGraff . . . has created a book of literary maps that any book addict will love. "Buzzfeed"
Andrew DeGraff combines imaginative artistic skill and a cartographer s ability to visualize space in a stunning series of book-based maps. "MentalFloss"
[DeGraff] will take you on an adventure worthy of Bilbo Baggins and mesmerize you with the detail and imagination put into his literary maps. DeGraff approaches each story differently and crafts maps that truly tell stories. . . [L]iterary fans need to put this on your shopping list and soon. "Nerdist"
[A] collection of maps that convey not only the locations of fictional universes, but the trajectories of the characters who move through them. Your favorite books come to life in Andrew De Graff's "Plotted" "Huffington Post"
[DeGraff is] a genius at identifying and connecting a work s key coordinates, then using them as the basis for remarkable visualizations. Each of his colorful, ingenious maps is accompanied by an introductory essay. With Plotted," "he guides literature lovers off the beaten path and into newly charted territory. "Bookpage"
"[A] sumptuous, colorful, feast for the eyes. . . I can't think of a better book in which to lose yourself this holiday season." "The Quivering Pen"
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*Starred review* llustrator DeGraff has created a collection of maps that are paired with essays by Harmon (Super Pop!), illuminating classic works of literature in fun and appealing new ways. Through these intricate and inventive illustrations, DeGraff seeks to create visual representations for some of his favorite works that "provide a sense of contour--sometimes literal and sometimes metaphorical." Many of the stories depicted are from classic works of children's literature (such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Wrinkle in Time), and all are plotted intricately with vibrant colors. DeGraff also includes sophisticated renderings from the works of Shakespeare, Kafka, Borges, Homer, Austen, and Verne. Some representations are maps in the common sense, with DeGraff tracing the movements of Odysseus around the Mediterranean, Scrooge and company around London, or Hamlet et al. through the rooms of Elsinore castle. Some feature diagrams, such as the depiction of the Pequod from Moby Dick, while others are more abstract; DeGraff plots the romantic courses of the characters of Pride and Prejudice in an intertwined rollercoaster-like structure. Harmon's brief ruminations on these works add an additional dimension to the maps. This is a rewarding excursion across the literary landscape that will be cherished by map enthusiasts as well as bibliophiles. --Publishers Weekly *Starred review* Illustrator DeGraff describes himself as the son of a teacher and a "pretty big reader" who wanted to do something "mappy and bookish." So he teamed up with essayist and editor Harmon and created a book of exuberantly inventive, spectacularly executed, and dazzlingly engrossing feats of literary cartography. Each of the 19 astutely selected classics is summarized in a peppery introductory essay, followed by DeGraff's visual tracking of characters, places, and events. Stories about journeys are a natural fit for this ambitious project, and so the book begins with the Odyssey, cuing readers to the guiding principle of Plotted: the more closely you attend to DeGraff's maps, the more you discover. Playing with aerial perspectives, proportions, and cut-away views, DeGraff fits a stunning amount of narrative and atmospheric information into his spirited, detailed visualizations, each in a style perfectly, if completely unexpectedly, suited to the tale. Standouts are his renderings of Robinson Crusoe, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Jorge Luis Borges' "The Library of Babel." Pride and Prejudice resembles a marble run; Invisible Man inspired historically accurate, knock-out drawings of New York City. Other exciting selections include a poem by Emily Dickinson, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Watership Down, and A Wrinkle in Time. A unique, display-ready volume of great allure and pleasure. --Donna Seaman from Booklist
Andrew DeGraff's "incredible" Star Wars maps were featured on Fast Company's design blog as the "infographic of the day"
*A 2015 Booklist YA Editor's Choice Pick

"A map is worth a thousand words. San Francisco-based illustrator Andrew DeGraff has created 19 idiosyncratic and highly detailed maps based on the landscapes and locales in popular literature, from Odysseus' punishingly circuitous route to the time continuum of 'A Wrinkle in Time.'" -Wall Street Journal

"Plotted, at first glance, is merely beautiful--gorgeous multipage maps, drawn by DeGraff, of Frederick Douglass' Eastern Shore and the rabbits' warrens of Watership Down. But as you read DeGraff's clever accompanying essays, you realize that what you're holding is actually quite an innovative work of literary criticism, offering new ways of looking at books and stories that seemed entirely familiar."--Slate

"[A] stunningly illustrated collection of maps. . . allows readers a unique look at their favorite fictional worlds. . . The perfect package for you, or the perfect gift for that literature lover in your life."--A.V. Club

"These brilliant literary maps will help you understand your favorite book." -Smithsonian.com

"[B]eautiful maps that enhance classic works like Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, A Christmas Carol, among others, while standing on their own as storytelling pieces."--Tor.com

"This is a rewarding excursion across the literary landscape that will be cherished by map enthusiasts as well as bibliophiles."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Playing with aerial perspectives, proportions, and cut-away views, DeGraff fits a stunning amount of narrative and atmospheric information into his spirited, detailed visualizations, each in a style perfectly, if completely unexpectedly, suited to the tale. . . A unique, display-ready volume of great allure and pleasure."--Booklist (starred review)

"Andrew DeGraff . . . has created a book of literary maps that any book addict will love."--Buzzfeed

"Andrew DeGraff combines imaginative artistic skill and a cartographer's ability to visualize space in a stunning series of book-based maps." -MentalFloss

"[DeGraff] will take you on an adventure worthy of Bilbo Baggins and mesmerize you with the detail and imagination put into his literary maps. DeGraff approaches each story differently and crafts maps that truly tell stories. . . [L]iterary fans need to put this on your shopping list and soon."--Nerdist

"[A] collection of maps that convey not only the locations of fictional universes, but the trajectories of the characters who move through them. Your favorite books come to life in Andrew De Graff's Plotted "--Huffington Post

"[DeGraff is] a genius at identifying and connecting a work's key coordinates, then using them as the basis for remarkable visualizations. Each of his colorful, ingenious maps is accompanied by an introductory essay. With Plotted, he guides literature lovers off the beaten path and into newly charted territory."--Bookpage

"[A] sumptuous, colorful, feast for the eyes. . . I can't think of a better book in which to lose yourself this holiday season."--The Quivering Pen

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