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Book delves into the singular world of director Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson has created a singular style – and worlds unto themselves: quirky, charming, completely idiosyncratic. He's an auteur in the purist sense, and his sensibility has earned him a devoted following.

Now comes the chance to delve into Anderson's world through Matt Zoller Seitz's book, The Wes Anderson Collection. With seven chapters, each one devoted to Anderson's feature films to date, the book features interviews with the director discussing the inspiration for each film and how they were created.

Did you know that The Royal Tenenbaums was inspired by Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major? Or that Bill Murray earned only $9,000 for Rushmore?

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Seitz also includes storyboards, set photos and stills from the films. The illustrations, by Max Dalton, have the instantly recognizable whimsy of the director's visual style. If you have fans of Anderson in your life, you just found their Christmas present.

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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