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4.0 out of 5 stars A Picture of an Era, 12 Aug. 2009
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Ye Olde Ed (Chelmsford, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The World of Vanity Fair by Bertram Fletcher Robinson (Paperback)
The latest product of Paul Spiring's researches among the works of Bertram Fletcher Robinson is "The World of Vanity Fair". In his short life, Robinson was a remarkably prolific journalist, editing "The Daily Express", "Vanity Fair" and "The World" in addition to his other literary pursuits. "Vanity Fair", which nothing in common but the name with today's magazine, began in 1868 as a satirical journal -- though we would consider the satire very polite. Its most famous feature, from January 1869 until the magazine folded in 1914, was the series of full-colour caricatures of celebrated persons, with humorous text attributed to "Jehu Junior". The most prolific artists were Carlo Pellegrini, who signed his work "Ape", and Leslie Ward, otherwise "Spy", but there were at least twenty-four others, including James Jacques Tissot and Max Beerbohm. Between 1905 and his death in 1907 Fletcher Robinson contributed fifteen articles to "The Windsor Magazine", under the title "Chronicles in Cartoon", in which he reprinted nearly four hundred -- about a fifth -- of the "Vanity Fair" caricatures published so far, but grouped under headings that began with "Royalty" and proceeded through "Politics", "Music", "Empire Builders", "Leaders of Religion" and the like. "The World of Vanity Fair" reprints those fifteen articles, nearly 280 pages of them, in full-colour facsimile. You'll be keen to know, I'm sure, whether Spy's famous portrait of William Gillette is here. Sadly, it isn't, because Robinson died before his project got as far as "The Stage", but what we do have, thanks to Mr Spiring, is an extraordinarily rich gallery of late Victorian notables.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fascinating study, 29 July 2009
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This review is from: The World of Vanity Fair by Bertram Fletcher Robinson (Paperback)
For any student of the Victorian era this book is a must. The articles reproduced within its pages talk about a variety of notable figures in a diverse set of fields from sport to politics.

The quality (especially with regards to the illustrations) is excellent and, while you may hesitate over the price, the book is worth buying if this era is of interest to you.
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