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P.D. James Library

P.D. James Library

Kay Rosen P.D. James Library 2020 Letterpress print on rag paper

Edition of 33
Image size: 11 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches (29.2 x 21.3 cm)
Paper size: 13 11/16 x 10 1/2 inches (34.8 x 26.7 cm)
Signed, dated, and numbered on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #32824)

P.D. JAMES – In the P.D. James mystery novels, the artist noticed that there was at least one description of a character’s library in each book. She organized all of the descriptions into one list so it would read as one enormous composite library, ordered according to the number of walls of books, book shelves, or bookcases each contained: one wall, two walls, three walls, four walls, all of the walls. P.D. James meets Jorge Luis Borges. The source (name of the book and chapter) of each description is footnoted at the bottom of the list in gray. In order to be sure that she hadn’t overlooked a single library, the artist waited until after James died in 2014 to publish the list.

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