My Adventures as an Illustrator is an intimate look into the life and career of one of America's greatest artists. Rockwell’s son Tom, a writer, was asked to help with the book, and recalls working with his father in the foreword found in later editions: “He started by talking into a dictaphone all by himself in the kitchen after supper; even a book about his life and work couldn’t be allowed to interfere with his work. But he wasn’t comfortable with this arrangement, either… so finally we gave up the dictaphone and I just took notes while he talked. When I thought we had accumulated enough material, I would organize and write it up and then we would read and correct it, often adding sentences or remembering other things to put in. A lot of his memories he had already organized into stories, often funny, since he liked to be entertaining and kid himself.”
The artist’s original dictaphone recordings are in the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum.