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No Hours But (Sort of) Sunny Ones

September 19, 2014 | by

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From Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland: a mad tea party.

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From Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum”

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From Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”

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From Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland: “Off with her head!”

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From Galligantus

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From Peter Pan: away he flew.

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From Jack and the Beanstalk Giant

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From Wagner’s The Rhinegold and the Valkyries

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From Wagner’s Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods

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From The Three Bears

You could spend hours marveling at Arthur Rackham’s work. The legendary illustrator, born on September 19, 1867, was incredibly prolific, and his interpretations of Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rip Van Winkle (to name but a few) have helped create our collective idea of those stories.

Rackham is perhaps the most famous of the group of artists who defined the Golden Age of Illustration, the early twentieth-century period in which technical innovations allowed for better printing and people still had the money to spend on fancy editions. Although Rackham had to spend the early years of his career doing what he called “much distasteful hack work,” he was famous—and even collected—in his own time. He married the artist Edith Starkie in 1900, and she apparently helped him develop his signature watercolor technique. From the publication of his Rip Van Winkle in 1905, his talents were always in high demand. Read More »

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On the Shelf

August 3, 2011 | by

 

A cultural news roundup.

  • Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press, a start-up that converts books into iPad- and iPhone-friendly formats.
  • “Until a few years ago, hardly a day would go by in the summer without the mailman bringing a postcard from a vacationing friend or acquaintance. Nowadays, you’re bound to get an email enclosing a photograph, or, if your grandchildren are the ones doing the traveling, a brief message telling you that their flight has been delayed or that they have arrived.”
  • Vote for the top one hundred science-fiction and fantasy titles.
  • Anyone for retro cocktails?
  • Joanna Lumley is raising funds to convert the home that helped inspire Peter Pan into a children’s literature center.
  • In praise of small-town papers.
  • Remembering Elizabeth Mackintosh—aka Josephine Tey, aka Gordon Daviot.
  • Meet the new Spider-Man: Brooklynite Miles Morales.
  • The New Yorker conquers the iPad.
  • A guide to literary Edinburgh.
  • #undatable—the literary characters you really wouldn’t want to date.
  • Please judge these Virago Modern Classics by their gorgeous covers!
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