Monday, March 15, 2010

Marched Reading

Ah, the WPA.  What couldn't they do?  Here's a gorgeous poster from the talented hands of some nameless artist in the employ of the Works Progress Administration.  It was produced for an Illinois reading promotion, circa 1941.  And rightly depicts books we all mean to read.  Your Tolstoy, your Dumas, your Thackeray.  But there's so much fun reading material stacked on your nightstand.  So it's not a bad idea to set aside one month a year for books that take some effort.  Start with Thackeray.  He's only got one blockbuster, so knock off Vanity Fair and you're done!

Tolstoy, Leo
Dumas, Alexandre
Thackeray, William Makepeace

Source:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division WPA

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