Ever wondered what happens between the lines of biography? If the lights and lives remained on after you closed the book? Perfect for those who love literature too much to hold it too closely to actual facts, Instant Lives’s imagined encounters between literary figures and their real or imagined family members, friends, and bitter enemies is guaranteed to delight. These fractured and fabricated lives are recounted in the clipping pace of Howard Moss’s witty prose and rendered by Edward Gorey, in his iconic, spindly black-and-white Victorian style.
In Moss’s satirical voice and Gorey’s twenty-five deadpan illustrations, we see Jane Austen wielding artful passive aggression and Sense & Sensibility galleys, the Alcott girls sculpting fudge, the rise of Emily Dickinson’s ruthless witch hazel business, and (among other delights) the tiniest nun in Spain. Descend into literary chaos with Instant Lives—just add water (and a little vinegar), and suspend disbelief.