Portraits of Authors in Their Own Words


People say that the lines in your face are representative of the life you’ve led – as in, love your laugh lines because clearly you’ve had a good run of it – and maybe we’re starting to believe that’s true. This week, HTMLGiant pointed us towards our newest obsession – artist and author John Sokol’s “Word Portraits,” drawings of literary greats in which the lines of their faces are crafted from the very words of their own works. How metaphorically poignant! But more than that, they’re beautiful, fascinating and often spot-on. Just don’t actually try to read them – you may get lost somewhere in Toni Morrison’s hair. Click through to see a few of our favorite portraits, and be sure to check out the rest here and a few of their prices here.

Jorge Luis Borges as The Secret Miracle

Henrik Ibsen as Hedda Gabler

Charles Baudelaire as Les Fleurs du Mal

Toni Morrison as Song of Solomon

Walt Whitman as Leaves of Grass

W.H. Auden as Letter to Lord Byron

Flannery O’Connor as A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Joyce Carol Oates as In the Region of Ice

e.e. cummings as Selected Poems

Leo Tolstoy as War and Peace