Contemporary Illustrations for Famous Novels

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California-based artist Paul Rogers, who we were introduced to via Lost at E Minor, recently illustrated Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation tale On the Road page by page (after the jump). The line drawings feature excerpts from the 1957 novel and offer an alternative view of the familiar and influential story. The work inspired us to search out other illustrations of famous novels — those stories that didn’t necessarily contain images to begin with, but have been brought to life by contemporary artists.

Image credit: Paul Rogers

Image credit: Paul Rogers

Image credit: Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers illustrated Jack Kerouac’s On the Road page by page.

Image credit: Tim Laing

Image credit: Tim Laing

Tim Laing‘s moody, black-and-white illustrations for an edition of John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, published by the Folio Society.

Image credit: Micah Lidberg

Image credit: Micah Lidberg

Micah Lidberg‘s illustrations for NOWNESS’ design competition that promoted the English-language release of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.

Image credit: Angela Barrett

Image credit: Angela Barrett

Angela Barrett’s pencil, watercolour, and gouache illustrations of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

Image credit: Nesskain

Deviant Artist Nesskain‘s take on Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go.

Image credit: Naomi Ro

An understated watercolor and pencil series from Naomi Ro for Alice Munro’s short story collection, The Love of a Good Woman.

Image credit: Anna and Elena Balbusso

Image credit: Anna and Elena Balbusso

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale by Anna and Elena Balbusso.

Image credit: Sergio Acuña

Sergio Acuña‘s steampunk version of the windmill scene in Don Quixote.

Image credit: Julia Klikc

Image credit: Julia Klikc

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ Dangerous Liaisons by Julia Klikc.

Image credit: Brandon Zimmerman

Illustration of Geek Love‘s Elly and Iphy by Brandon Zimmerman.

Image credit: Mads Berg

Image credit: Mads Berg

Image credit: Mads Berg

Danish illustrator Mads Berg reimagines The Great Gatsby in an art deco style.

Image credit: Andy Potts

Catcher in the Rye‘s Holden Caulfield by Andy Potts.

Image credit: Ellen Leber

Image credit: Ellen Leber

Ellen Leber‘s version of Angela Carter’s Wise Children.