George Sprott: (1894-1975)

Category: Book
By (author): Seth,
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
  FICTION / Graphic Novels
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly Publications
Published: November 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 10.88in x 9.38in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

First serialized in The New York Times Magazine "Funny Pages"

The celebrated cartoonist and New Yorker illustrator Seth weaves the fictional tale of George Sprott, the host of a long-running television program. The events forming the patchwork of George's life are pieced together from the tenuous memories of several informants, who often have contradictory impressions. His estranged daughter describes the man as an unforgivable lout, whereas his niece remembers him fondly. His former assistant recalls a trip to the Arctic during which George abandoned him for two months, while George himself remembers that trip as the time he began writing letters to a former love, from whom he never received replies.
Invoking a sense of both memory and its loss, George Sprott is heavy with the charming, melancholic nostalgia that distinguishes Seth's work. Characters lamenting societal progression in general share the pages with images of antiquated objects-proof of events and individuals rarely documented and barely remembered. Likewise, George's own opinions are embedded with regret and a sense of the injustice of aging in this bleak reminder of the inevitable slipping away of lives, along with the fading culture of their days.

Review Quote*

"[Seth] is exceptionally gifted at evoking the passing of time and the stasis of space." -The Washington Post on Seth

Biographical Note

Seth is the cartoonist behind the graphic novel Clyde Fans. His comics have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeney's Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, The Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He designs collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright, and was the subject of a National Film Board documentary entitled Seth's Dominion. Seth lives in Guelph, Canada in a house he has named Inkwell's End.