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The Electric Pencil: Drawings from Inside State Hospital No. 3 Paperback – March 29, 2016
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"Combine elements of forgotten family secrets, an unknown artist, and a little bit of luck, and the tale of "The Electric Pencil" reads like a page ripped from Faulkner's notebook." - Garden & Gun
"An excellent entry point to art in an unconventional form. Those interested in the outsider art movement will want to put this at the top of their to-read list." - Library Journal
"This book reproduces all of his lovingly drafted, gorgeously colored drawings in the original order, giving you a sense of what it was like to flip through the original portfolio." - St. Louis Magazine
"The Electric Pencil is the ultimate therapeutic "coloring book." Deeds' work admits readers into the life, real and imagined, of a unique Missouri artist." - Inside Columbia
About the Author
James Edward Deeds (1908–1987) was raised on a farm near Ozark, Missouri. From age 25, he spent the remainder of his life institutionalized. Deeds created his remarkable drawings while a resident of State Hospital Number 3 in Nevada, Missouri.
Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker's Journey Through 9/11. He has written for The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, River Teeth, Chautauqua, Vanity Fair, Ascent, French Review and Michigan Quarterly Review. He is an assistant professor of creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans. His website is www.richardgoodman.org.
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the collection is also interesting as a window into a geography and time of lost "Americana".
the introduction was well-written and informative.