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Steven Stroud
Good as Gold Bar Scene

1979

$750

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This is a mixed media, watercolor and pen & ink on artist's paper illustration by Steven Stroud. A sketchily composed illustration, it shows a group of men gathered together with drinks inside a crowded bar. This illustration appears as a full page bookplate on page 371 of Good as Gold by Joseph Heller. It depicts a moment from the chapter "Invite a Jew to the White House (and You Make Him Your Slave)". The illustration on artist's paper is loosely adhered to a larger illustration board. There is an onion paper overlay on the paper and a black paper overlay on the illustration board. The original adhesive is visible around the edges of the paper. From its founding in 1973 until its closing in 2000 The Franklin Library produced public domain classic books as well as some limited first editions, releasing them in subscription series such as The First Edition Society. Often released in parallel series including leather bound and a non-leather bound (leatherette), the books were handsomely bound and included illustrations from contemporary illustrators. American artist and illustrator Steven H. Stroud (b. 1947) was specially commissioned to create a series of interior illustrations for The Franklin Library's 1979 publication of the novel Good as Gold by Joseph Heller. The novel is well regarded by both fans of Heller and literary critics, being viewed as a return to the gag and verbal play that Heller established in Catch-22 and abandoned in favor of the scathing sarcasm and the darker story in Something Happened. Good as Gold functions as a satire on the U.S. government, in a manner similar to the satirization of the army in Catch-22 and the corporation in Something Happened. Gore Vidal listed Good as Gold as one of his five favorite post-World War II novels, describing it as Heller "at his deadly best, illuminating a hustler on the make in politics". Matted dimensions: 16.25" x 20.25" Image dimensions: 9.75" x 13.5"

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