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Authors often like to scribble, doodle or paint. Jean Cocteau produced distinctive images for his books, Evelyn Waugh first entertained the idea of being an artist and illustrated his first book, and T.S. Eliot drew some rather unsophisticated sketches for his Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Osbert Lancaster was another who had input into the designs of his book jackets. His witty cover for Facades and Faces is now a classic.

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