Andy Warhol’s fashionable children’s tale The Autobiography of a Snake, never published during his lifetime, stars a snake slithering through the 1960s while dressing high-society icons like Jacqueline Kennedy (he curls up on her red boots), Diana Vreeland (as a pair of heels), and Elizabeth Taylor (as a bracelet on her wrist).
The book’s playful aesthetic evokes an earlier time in Warhol’s own childhood, when he was diagnosed with the neural disorder Sydenham’s chorea as a third-grader. The condition often locked him in bed, so he drew, forming a basis for illustrations that earned him fame years later in the 1950s. Warhol went on to build a career in art and fashion, featuring designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in the pages of Interview, his magazine.
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Copyright of the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, P.A., a museum of Carnegie Institute. Works included in this volume were created for Fleming-Joffe, Ltd., New York, N.Y., and are gifts of Teddy and Arthur Edelman.