09 June 2011

I Dream I Dwelt in Marbled Pages

Over at Boston 1775 I just wrote about an art project inspired by the marbled page inside what was originally the third volume of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, and a similar project inspired by the black page in the first volume.

Those pages (and the squiggle) make Tristram Shandy into a graphic novel of sorts, and an occasional inspiration for others. The crossed-out text in Octavian Nothing? Grown from Sterne’s black page, I bet. The moment in The Stinky Cheese Man when our hero drags the back endpaper forward in the book? A direct descendant of the marbled page.

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