Famous novel to be retyped on a single sheet of paper at the University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Mar 05, 2015 12:05 PM |
Artist Tim Youd to retype Kingsley Amis’s ‘Lucky Jim’ as part of global ‘100 Novels’ project between 7-14 March

Issued by the University of Leicester on 5 March 2015

  • ‘100 Novels’ project aims to retype one hundred classic works of literature using the same model and make of typewriter used by their authors in the same or resonant geographical locations
  • The University of Leicester was the inspiration for  Kingsley Amis’s ‘Lucky Jim’,  cited in Time magazine as one of the 100 Best English Language novels
  • During artist Tim Youd’s time in the UK he will be retyping many works including A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) and To the Lighthouse and Orlando (Virginia Woolf)
  • The retyping of 'Lucky Jim' at the University of Leicester is announced on World Book Day 2015, which celebrates the joys of reading to young people around the world

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Kingsley Amis’s celebrated novel ‘Lucky Jim’ will be retyped onto a single sheet of paper at the University of Leicester by an artist on a mission to retype one hundred classic novels at locations relevant to the authors’ lives.

Tim Youd’s ‘100 Novels’ project sees him rewriting classic texts onto single sheets of paper backed by an additional sheet using the same make and model typewriter used by the author – in the case of Amis, the model is an Adler Universal.

He then runs this doubled paper through the typewriter repeatedly, until every word of the novel has been retyped.

Upon completion, the two pages—a positive and negative image—are mounted as a diptych, representing two pages of an open book.

Tim said: “My visual art has dealt primarily with text and literature for the better part of a decade, so the ‘100 Novels’ project grew organically out of that.

“Our society seems to relentlessly fetishise everything, including dead authors.  I ruminated on this, and as I formulated the idea of retyping entire novels on one page and on the same machine as the writer.

“I added into the mix the notion that I would do so in meaningful locations - tapping into these charged sites as a way to reintroduce a dedication to the work of the author - to fetishize the fetish, in a way.”

Tim will be retyping ‘Lucky Jim’ in the David Wilson Library on the University of Leicester campus, a decision inspired by Kingsley Amis's visit to see his friend, the poet Philip Larkin, then an assistant librarian at the University of Leicester. It was this visit that sparked the idea to write ‘Lucky Jim’, Amis's classic comic novel about a young lecturer at a Midlands red brick university.

Caroline Taylor, University Librarian, added: “We are thrilled that Tim has chosen to perform his latest piece at the University of Leicester. ‘Lucky Jim’ was a significant and influential novel and we hope that by retyping it in the David Wilson Library, Tim will provoke curiosity about Kingsley Amis’s writing, his friendship with Philip Larkin and how both relate to the University.”

Tim has recently started retyping novel number 30, Evan Connell’s ‘Mrs. Bridge’ at Artspace, Kansas City. This will be followed by a retyping of Connell’s companion novel, ‘Mr. Bridge’, at the Kansas City Public Library in downtown Kansas City.

While in the United Kingdom Tim will also be retyping: Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange on an Olympia SM5 with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at the Manchester Central Library; Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse in St. Ives, Cornwall; and Woolf’s Orlando at Monk's House in Rodmell, Sussex.

Tim is represented by the Los Angeles based gallery Coagula Curatorial.

You can keep up to date with the ‘100 Novels’ project via Tim’s website here: http://www.timyoud.com/index.html


Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Tim Youd at tvyoud@gmail.com or Caroline Taylor on ct219@leicester.ac.uk

World Book Day

Thursday 5 March is World Book Day 2015, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading that is marked in over 100 countries throughout the world. This year marks the 18th year of World Book Day, which hopes to encourage young people to explore the appeal of reading.

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