Two writers visualize the colors they see when reading descriptive prose and poetry.

Writers have the special ability to conjure images in our heads, to bring descriptions of people and places to life by their choice of words. We can see what our favorite characters in a book are wearing, taste what they’re eating, and hear the sounds around them; we can, with our imaginations, visualize the entire world described in a book or poem.

Two writers, Leanne Shapton and Ben Schott, have translated their visualizations from popular literary works into art, creating ‘Prose Purple: Paint Samples Suitable for the Home, Sourced from Colors In Literature’ for the 200th edition of the Paris Review, a literary quarterly that focuses on original creative work.

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