Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman started as a cartoonist and through the years diversified into many fields of creativity. Steadman has illustrated such classics as Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Animal Farm. With writer Hunter Thompson, he collaborated in the birth of Gonzo journalism, the definitive book of the genre being Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was also made into a feature film. His own books include the lives of Sigmund Freud and Leonardo da Vinci and The Big I Am (the story of God) as well as The Grapes of Ralph and Still Life With Bottle. Steadman is also a printmaker with a series of etchings on writers from William Shakespeare to William Burroughs. In 1989 he wrote the libretto for an eco-oratorio called Plague and the Moonflower which was performed in five cathedrals in the UK and was the subject of a BBC film in 1994. Steadman also has an honorary D. Litt from the University of Kent.

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