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Portrait of the Writer

Literary Lives in Focus

Goffredo Fofi


A collection of more than 250 images of the world’s most renowned and revered writers, as immortalized by renowned photographers.


Auden by Avedon; de Beauvoir by Cartier-Bresson; Duras by Doisneau; Proust by Man Ray; Huxley by Halsman; Apolliaire by Picasso; Arundhati Roy by Raghu Rai; Raymond Carver by Bob Adelman; Zadie Smith by Eamonn McCabe... Spanning from the late nineteenth century to the present day, Portrait of the Writer is a dazzling photographic collection of 250 stars of literature, as immortalized by some of the world's greatest photographers.

Each photograph is accompanied by a biography of the writer, providing a concise overview of their life and literary accomplishments.

What is clear from this extensive, wide-ranging selection is the immense skill of the photographers who have observed writers, captured them and presented them to history. Our curiosity and memories are stimulated as much by the artists behind the lens as by their distinguished subjects.

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Further Details


Format: Hardback

Size: 22.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 512 pp

Publication date: 21 October 2013

ISBN: 9780500517178

About the Author

Goffredo Fofi is a noted Italian writer and cinema critic.

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Goffredo Fofi