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CBS Sunday Morning coverage of The Writer’s Brush Book and Exhibition 12/16/07 (“Authors Can Paint, Too”) Interviews with Donald Friedman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Susan Minot  (12/16/07)

BBC World Word interview with Donald Friedman and Derek Walcott 1/22/08

Australia's ABC Radio National, The Book Show: Interview with Donald Friedman and William H.Gass (3/27/08)

Ireland's Radio 1, The Arts Show Interview with Donald Friedman (4/08)

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Connecticut Public Radio, Faith Middleton Show Interview with Donald Friedman (9/24/07)

New Hampshire Public Radio Front Porch Interview with Donald Friedman (9/13/07)

Sarasota (Fla) Public Radio, Cliff Roles' Show Interview with Donald Friedman (12/3/07)

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THE LONDON TIMES
“One of the most fascinating books of the year.” --Rachel Campbell-Johnston

THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“A subversive jewel of an idea, sparkling audaciously on every page of this well-designed book … playfully transgressive… laden with first-person reflections on the ways artists perceive the relationship between distinct yet connected forms of expression… this book celebrates what may be the ultimate artistic calling.” --Leah Hager Cohen

O THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
“Opens windows through which we can glimpse something new and often unexpected about the sensibilities—and the souls—of our favourite writers.” –Francine Prose

LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Favorite books of 2007)
“A lush collection… Blake, writes Friedman, ‘saw art in all forms as prayer…as inseparable from life, and all life as God.’” –Kristina Lindgren

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY Starred Review.
Unearths work from literary heavyweights past and present… Sure to cover at least a few of any given lit fan's favorites, Friedman's volume provides hours of fascinating browsing…”

BOOKLIST (American Libraries Assoc.) Starred Review
“A grand feat of research and interpretation…  Luscious reproductions are matched with pithy biographies…”

LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A surprising anthology…  Of greatest interest to general audiences; recommended for public libraries.—Kraig Binkowski, Yale Ctr. for British Art Lib., New Haven, CT

THE IRISH TIMES
“The book is a formidable, fascinating achievment.” –Aidan Dunne

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“Brings together reproductions of the art alongside passages that show how it fitted into the writer's life… As readers and thinkers, we are the beneficiaries of such largess.” —April Austin

THE GUARDIAN (Book of the week)
“A revelatory book - an immense, well-researched and handsomely illustrated achievement. –Richard Cork

NEW STATESMAN
“Lovingly researched… there is no limit on the themes… valuable insights.”--Louis Wise

THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
“A different kind of literary museum, chock full of art by writers. Friedman assembles wonders for wondering eyes. --Susan Larson

TIMES OF LONDON
“A revelatory new book. The Writer’s Brush, the product of Friedman’s lifelong fascination with his subject, offers a lavishly illustrated look at the paintings, drawings and sculptures of some 200 literary figures (several of them among our most recognised names) from the past two centuries – and throws in a series of concise but illuminating (and often delightfully quirky) biographies to boot.”  --Rachel Campbell-Johnston

FINANCIAL TIMES LONDON (Books of the Year)
"Little-known work in the visual arts by hundreds of writers - including Kafka, Ibsen, Lawrence, Updike, Vonnegut - casts light both on aspects of their creativity and on the zeitgeist".

IRISH ARTS REVIEW 
“This is a very, very attractive book… There is a considerable degree of pleasure to be had in leafing through the book at random, pausing to examine the types of images that individual authors produce.” -- Brian McAvera

POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE
“Includes more than four hundred color reproductions of art by more than two hundred writers… a colorful catalogue.”

THE BROOKLYN RAIL
“Reveals for the first time the artistic side of well-known authors, whose works turns out to be surprisingly professional.” -- Valery Oisteanu

BOOKFORUM (Bookforum.com)
“Among the nearly two hundred writers on display are likely suspects (Henri Michaux, Beatrix Potter, Edward Lear, André Breton, Guy Davenport) and surprises—Ed McBain (an elegant bronze nude), James A. Michener (a 1966 work in the mode of Jasper Johns), and Sylvia Plath (a color-charged pastoral)…” --Albert Mobilio

THE BOSTON GLOBE
“Celebrates writers for whom painting and drawing are as vital as putting words on paper.”—Jan Gardner
BLOOMBERG  (The Year’s Best Art Books) December 8,2007
Makes for excellent browsing” --Martin Gayford

IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT   (Arts and Books Editor, Madeleine Keane selects TWB as one of her top four books of 2007)

“A joy. This exquisitely produced tome presented portraits of the writers as artists with an Irish dimension represented by Yeats, Joyce, O'Casey and Bowen among others.”

SPECTATOR
The Writer’s Brush is the work of an enthusiast…and with 400 well-reproduced illustrations, it is astounding value for the money. The quotations Friedman has unearthed about how the writer-artists themselves see their dual activities are of the greatest interest.” –Victoria Glendinning

IRISH MAIL
“A beautiful collection…”

THE AUTHOR
What fun it must have been to put this book together. Donald Friedman's amusing idea, resulting in this large, handsome, good-value volume, was that many artists have more than one talent, and have worked in more than one art form… Full of surprises, from the first entry, the poet and religious crank AE (George Russell), who was at art school with -tidily -the last entry in this book, William Butler Yeats…   --Paul Levy

THE WORLD OF INTERIORS
“The joy of this book is in the surprises…. Friedman's potted biographies are full of aperçus, tossing up choppy waves. It is wonderful, too, to have so many previously unseen images, which would otherwise be banked in the temperature-controlled vaults that are the repositories of dead writers archives.”     --JANE HILL

BBC Radio 4, Front Row 
An extremely good idea…fascinating”

ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS
 “A treasure trove”

THE ART NEWSPAPER
“An eye-opener”

ANTIQUES MAGAZINE   
“Excellent … will enthral”

 
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