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In a ghastly vision of future desolation, Lord Byron foresees the contemporary American novelist’s dust-jacket photo:

… and some did rest
Their chins upon their clenchéd hands, and smiled

‘Darkness’, lines 25-26

Thomas Pynchon

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  1. Camus123 says:

    As I never look at the portraits of the artist I can only hazard a guess about each. Top left: sitting in his workroom with jacket and tie – Updike? Middle: Andrew O’Hagen? Left The Lindgren who wrote Pipi whatever. Bottom left is obviously an early portrait of Diana Spencer and in the middle is William Burroughs or maybe that is Updike and top left is Clancy Sigel.

  2. Camus123 says:

    Thanks for the clarification – I should have thought of that myself. Led me to an excellent review of De Lilo’s Underworld. Wallace’s job on Updike gains credence when you see his picture.

  3. Camus123 says:

    You have started me off looking at the portraits on book covers. I can well understand why Pynchon an co leave the picture out. It allows editors to make iffy comments about their appearance.

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