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Picturing Genesis

Artist Barry Moser speaks about a challenge of Biblical proportions

Barry Moser spent five years creating the 232 woodcut images that illustrate his Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, the first Bible illustrated by a single artist since 1865. Moser will talk about those images, regarded by some as overly sexual or strangely gothic, on Monday, April 2, at the College of Communication.

Long recognized for his spectacular reworkings of such classics as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Tennessee-born Moser will discuss the influence of author Flannery O’Connor on all his work and on the Bible in particular.

A Feeling for the Vulgar: The Influences of Flannery O’Connor on the Illustrations for the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, will take place on April 2 in the COM auditorium, Room 101, 630 Commonwealth Ave., at 5 p.m. A reception and book signing follow. Sponsored by Christopher Martin, a College of Arts and Sciences associate professor of English, through the University’s National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the event is free and open to the public.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.