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Words & pictures : writers, artists and a peculiarly British tradition

By: Uglow, Jenny

0571354114 / 9780571354115
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18 cm 161 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2008.

As children, learning to read, we look first at the illustrations - but how do these tell their stories differently to the words?

Words & Pictures explores this question through three encounters between writers and artists.

It looks at how artists have responded to two great, contrasting works, Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's Progress; at Hogarth and Fielding, great innovators, sharing common aims; and at Wordsworth and Bewick, a poet and engraver, both working separately, but both imbued with the spirit of their age.

A brief coda turns to a fourth relationship: writers and artists who collaborate from the start, like Dickens and Phiz, and Lewis Carroll and Tenniel.

Sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, this is a book to pore over and enjoy. The visions it considers link daily life to the universal, the passionate and the sublime.


2AB English, AKLB Illustration, DSB Literary studies: general, JFC Cultural studies

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