Thursday, June 21, 2007

And the Book Will Look...

Exactly like this:


Blogger Keith Woodruff said...

Greg! That is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. I am so happy for you, man. Tell me about the cover art?

10:10 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...


Thank you. The painting is "Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket" (1875) by James McNeill Whistler. It's at the Detroit Institute of Arts and is probably Whistler's second most famous work, after his Mother, of course. The painting was publicly criticized by John Ruskin, who wrote, "I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler sued Ruskin for libel and won, in the most celebrated trial of its time, but was awarded only a single pound in damages.

The painting is a central figure in the title poem of my manuscript.

Greg Rappleye

6:12 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Wow! Very nice indeed.

9:33 AM  
Blogger sam of the ten thousand things said...

That is a great looking cover, Greg. Congratulations to you.

10:48 AM  
Blogger jenni said...

Stunning cover! Congratulations. Your panel for AWP sounds interesting too.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Sir, that is gorgeous.

5:16 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Thnak you all for your kind comments.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Cool cover! I must revisit Whistler's catalogue as I'm not familiar with this particular piece.

10:13 PM  

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