New York Review Books is reissuing the books of Kingsley Amis, and even though Amis was a quintessentially English writer, the person the editors chose to design the book jackets for the series lives in south Minneapolis.
First up was "Lucky Jim," Amis' comic novel about Jim Dixon, a hapless professor at a minor English college; pub date for that is Oct. 2. It will be followed by the Booker Prize-winning "The Old Devils," about a group of elderly friends who are blithely drinking their dotage away when one of them--well, drops dead.
"I did several dozen drawings of Jim Dixon to start," Hanson wrote on his blog. "I drew him with a pint in his hand, with a book, wearing a jaundiced expression, a bilious expression, a world-weary expression. Then I decided to do the reader a favor and let them visualize Lucky Jim how they liked. I turned him volte face, striding up a long sidewalk toward the college."
Hanson is the author of "A Book of Ages," a collection of fascinating anecdotes and moments by famous people, at least one for every day of the year. His illustrations appear frequently in the New York Times.