Portland, OR: Artist, 2021.
First edition thus. (28) pp., 5.25 x 7.75 inches (closed). Altered book, with images printed over text pages, in an accordion binding attached at one end to the original cloth covers, in the original dust-jacket. Signed and numbered by the artist, in an edition of four variant copies. New. Item #4639
Printmaker and painter Poppy Dully has produced an extended series of altered books in which imagery from cinema adaptations of literature is reflected back onto the texts. In this example, the artist’s drawings, based on thirteen scenes from the 1939 Lewis Milestone film version of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, have been printed as monotypes on selected text pages drawn from a Triangle Books reprint edition of the novel. The finished sequence of printed spreads is attached to the original covers as a double-sided accordion; when opened completely, the book stretches out a full five feet.
The artist notes, “Steinbeck wrote this novella as he was living it, working with migrant workers in the Salinas Valley in California. With few words, he asks the reader to consider big issues of life, people’s hopes, dreams, and tragedies. It is a powerful story; some will say offensive. It is not an easy story to read or to watch and yet the story is universal and as relevant today as when it was written.”.