I love books and I love art and I love them together even more. I have a fairly substantial collection of illustrated editions in my modest home library. As much as I love my collection, I confess that I sometimes wish I could resurrect a famous artist of the past to illustrate a particular book.
Every couple years since I started writing for Book Riot, I’ve created a list of some of the latest artist/book pairings I’ve dreamed up. You can see my first list here and my second list here. And here is my third list, featuring five dead artists (may they rest in peace) and two living ones (there’s still time!) I would pick to illustrate seven great works of literature.7 Famous Artists I Would Pick to Illustrate Classic BooksClick To Tweet
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Red Dragon by Thomas Harris – William Blake (1757-1827)
Going for the obvious choice first, Blake’s Great Red Dragon plays a central role in the plot of Harris’ classic 1981 thriller and variant’s of his paintings have appeared on the covers of most editions. Still, I think it would be amazing if Blake could expand on his original four-painting series and illustrated the whole book.