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George Sprott 1894-1975 In his latest ''bio'' of a fictional 20th-century figure, Seth tackles Canadian talk-show host George Sprott. As with some of his...George Sprott 1894-1975Fiction, Comic Books/Graphic Novels In his latest ''bio'' of a fictional 20th-century figure, Seth tackles Canadian talk-show host George Sprott. As with some of his...2009-07-08Drawn & Quarterly
George Sprott 1894-1975
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George Sprott 1894-1975

Genre: Fiction, Comic Books/Graphic Novels; Author: Seth; Status: In Season; Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

In his latest ”bio” of a fictional 20th-century figure, Seth tackles Canadian talk-show host George Sprott. As with some of his previous subjects, like businessman Simon Matchcard and comics collector Wimbledon Green, it’s hard to believe that Sprott never actually existed. Through a Citizen Kane-style mélange of interviews with those who knew him, the emerging portrait has the messiness of reality: an aloof blowhard and a philanderer, but a beloved uncle and man-about-town. Much of Sprott was serialized in The New York Times Magazine, but this enormous (14” x 12”) book makes him feel larger than, well, life. A

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Originally posted July 8 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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