The Library holds nearly 33,000 books – plus any number of pamphlets, leaflets and newspapers, all full of words, words, words. We also have a goodly number of items designed specifically to attract the eye – banners, posters, paintings, ceramics, even t-shirts.
An interesting new line of acquisitions for us brings the two together. In graphic books on a political theme, the focus of a book is at least as much on its visual appeal as on its words. As a review of Kate Evans’s Red Rosa in the most recent issue of the journal Socialist History says, quoting artist Edward Hopper – ‘If you could say it in words there would be no need to paint’.
If you were a graphic artist, which radical biography or story would you choose to re-tell?