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Literary pictorial map of the United States illustrating or listing characters and settings from books, as well as authors and book illustrators, associated with various states or regions. Illustrations include Buffalo Bill, Huck Finn’s Home, a steamboat for Showboat, and a Native American’s profile for The Conspiracy of Pontiac by Francis Parkman. Noted stories, works, and authors include Common Sense by Thomas Payne, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Edwin Arlington Robinson. Inset maps of New York City, Chicago, and Boston provide additional details for those regions.
Portraits of ten famous American writers illustrate the top margin: Irving, Cooper, Emerson, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Poe, Thoreau, Melville, Whitman, and Twain. The cartouche in the upper center is in the form of a tavern sign with swan’s neck pediment centering a pineapple. A banner in the lower center alludes to international settings: “Pearl Buck and Ernest Hemingway have given overseas settings to their most important books. So also has John Hersey, Henry James, George Santayana, and Gertrude Stein lived abroad, as does T. S. Eliot now.”
Amy Jones was a painter and illustrator. Born in Buffalo, she studied at the Pratt Institute Art School in Brooklyn. In the 1930s, she worked in the WPA artists program, painting murals in post offices in Painted Post (see References below) and Scotia, New York, and Winsted, Connecticut. She was active in the American Watercolor Society of New York, exhibiting with them annually, and exhibited around the U.S., notably at the Art Institute of Chicago, National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Butler Art Institute and the National Arts Club in New York. She also showed her work abroad in London, Venice, Padua and Rome in the 1950s. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she worked as an advertising, magazine and book illustrator for Standard Oil of New Jersey, Woman's Day magazine, and the publishing houses Random House, Thomas Y. Crowell, and World Publishing. Her book illustrations include a 1946 edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses. Jones also taught art in Westchester County, New York, and contributed articles and paintings to Ford Publications. Today her works are in the collections of the Chrysler Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the United States Air Force Museum and the Pepsi Cola corporate collection.
R.R. Bowker Co. was founded in 1872 and today is the official U.S. ISBN Agency, as well as a major publisher of reference books and directories.
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“Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America.” Library of Congress. 4 November 1999. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/land/landintr.html (21 July 2005).
“Painted Post Post Office: Amy Jones, Muralist.” National Park Service: Places Where Women Made History. 30 March 1998. http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/pwwmh/ny3.htm (21 July 2005).