George Sprott

George Sprott

1894-1975 : A Picture Novella

Book - 2009
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First serialized in The New York Times Magazine "Funny Pages"

The celebrated cartoonist and New Yorker illustrator Seth weaves the fictional tale of George Sprott, the host of a long-running television program. The events forming the patchwork of George's life are pieced together from the tenuous memories of several informants, who often have contradictory impressions. His estranged daughter describes the man as an unforgivable lout, whereas his niece remembers him fondly. His former assistant recalls a trip to the Arctic during which George abandoned him for two months, while George himselfremembers that trip as the time he began writing letters to a former love, from whom he never received replies.
Invoking a sense of both memory and its loss, George Sprott is heavy with the charming, melancholic nostalgia that distinguishes Seth's work. Characters lamenting societal progression in general share the pages with images of antiquated objects--proof of events and individuals rarely documented and barely remembered. Likewise, George's own opinions are embedded with regret and a sense of the injustice of aging in this bleak reminder of the inevitable slipping away of lives, along with the fading culture of their days.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn and Quarterly, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781897299517
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 37 cm.


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Apr 09, 2017

Seth and musician/composer Mark Haney have created a theatrical version of the book now playing at Richmond Art Gallery. There are several live versions and an ongoing recorded version runs until 25 June. I highly recommend it.

vookad Mar 20, 2011

It's a big book: 37 cm square. You won't be able to put it in an average book bag or backpack. It's worth the trouble: Seth has created a fascinating story of a TV personality, from the early days of the medium in Canada, who slowly fades into obscurity. It's remarkable how his simple drawings can be so evocative.


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Mar 25, 2012

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