This morning I had the privilege to meet Len Fisher, one of Westport’s significant artists. Len’s a Renaissance man: author, painter, designer, and illustrator. He’s prolific to boot! He’s written a number of his own books and illustrated at least 260 for other authors.
Fisher’s work won countless awards including a Pulitzer for painting, the Christopher Medal for illustration, the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books Award.
I met with Len to learn more about Westport writers.
My Year as a Clown takes place in the fictional town of Putnam’s Landing, the very same PL that Westport writer, Max Shulman wrote about in Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!. PL was modeled on the Westport of the 1950’s. Chuck Morgan, of course, lives in the PL of 2003, where trees fall faster than in the Amazon because of the McMansion craze.
Although I’d done research about Westport for specific aspects of the book, now that the novel is done, I wanted to know more about what happened back in the day. Over the next few months I’ll be interviewing people who have lived in Westport long enough to remember when this town was filled with artists. I’ll be putting those stories together and posting them here on the site.
Len fits the bill and it was great to get his view on the town.