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Monday, 20 October 2014

Now in store: The Who the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

This just in! The Who the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History is the follow-up to the very popular The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science. Instead of explaining the mysteries of science, this beautifully illustrated volume tells the stories of the often forgotten or ignored folks who acted as supporters, trainers, benefactors, and co-creators alongside a variety of historical figures. Check it out!


Each write-up and each illustration is done by a different writer/illustrator pairing, which means that you will discover new artists, in addition to brushing up on your sidekick knowledge!

Here, have a sneak peek:

Julia Warhola, Andy Warhol's Mother, written by John Niekrasz and illustrated by Leslie Herman: Julia Warhola (née Zavacky) supported her son Andy in a multitude of ways - from teaching him to draw and collage, to moving in with him when he was destitute in New York in order to take care of his apartment and finances for him while he worked on his art. They even made books together! And she was the one who fed him all that Campbell's Soup...

Carlo, Emily Dickinson's Dog, written by Sara Levine, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby: Emily Dickinson's 'shaggy ally' was Carlo, a Newfoundland, named after the dog in Jane Eyre, and probably weighing more than Dickinson herself. Carlo popped up often in Dickinson's poetry, accompanied her on long walks, and kept her company for 16 years.

Anna Dostoyevskaya, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's wife, written by Igor Levshin, illustrated by Laura Callaghan: Anna Dostoyevskaya (née Snitkina) was Fyodor Dostoyevsky's second wife, 26 years his junior, who began by working as his stenographer, and ended up setting up their independent publishing business. She is often called the first Russian female publisher, as well as the first Russian businesswoman.

We don't want to give too many spoilers, though! Best to come here and have a look for yourselves...

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