The Highwayman Paperback – Illustrated, 27 Mar 2008
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'Anyone who likes reading poetry aloud will leap on this, and the pictures fit the text perfectly.' -- Daily Telegraph
'Keeping's illustrations are amongst the most powerful images ever to have appeared in children's literature.'
-- Books for Keeps, September 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
First published back in 1906 in Blackwood’s Magazine Noyes made use of repetitive phrases along with vivid descriptions to give this a dark and unsettling feel, rather like Poe’s The Raven. Here we have lovely monochrome illustrations by Charles Keeping throughout to add extra impact, and thus this comes together perfectly.
In all this is a lovely edition to own and is sure to become a family favourite.
"The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor
And the highwayman came riding-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door..."
With a powerful introduction like this, you must read on.... The Highwayman (by Alfred Noyes) tells a tragic tale of doomed love in beautifully descriptive and poetic language. This must be one of my all-time favourite poems, a timeless, haunting, romantic masterpiece evoking strong imagery and passion. Dark and Moody, with a rhythm similar to that of horses hooves, there's a galloping beat that's perfect for capturing the ambience of the masked figure on horseback. The Highwayman is deadly and he dares to be different, galloping on the fringes of society and remaining outside of the establishment. He's undoubtedly handsome and an incredibly well dressed, stylish and passionate individual. A proud and brave man who's in love with Bess, the Landlords Daughter and she with him.
"He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter
Bess, the landlord's daughter
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair"
He rides in the night, alone, fearless and confident. Unlike some modern day criminals the Highwayman was generally a well dressed, well spoken gentleman who used threats rather than violence. But he is no match for cowardly troops, ignorant and with no respect for life, guns at the ready. Even Bess is not safe with them around and we feel her helplessness, despair and sorrow, ultimately ending in sacrifice.Read more ›
Childhood memories recall this chilling poetic story of a Highwayman and his lover, Bess.
I can't remember too much so apologies if the names are wrong!
But to make this short. Buy this. Buy this because you will love it and read it always.
The art is scary, and beautiful and all those things I have mentioned.
You won't quite find a book like this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favourite poems.I was made to learn it as a child and it's atmospheric story stayed with me ever since. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CJ
This is a classic story, that has something for everyone
It's got ghosts, a love story, a highwayman
What's not to love!!!!
Very pleased. Very good condition as described. It's one of my favourite books and an excellent way for children to understand metaphors and similes at such a young age. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by KF Lyford
This is a beautiful combination of Alfred Noyes' poem with the staggeringly inspiring illustrations of Charles Keeping. Something to keep and share. Classic.Published on 28 May 2013 by Jean
Excellent product promptly dispatched and arrived exactly on time at the address I wished it to go to (which was different to my own)Published on 24 Feb. 2012 by Hazel Brooks
It's perfect, the book is in pristine condition.
The illustrations took me back years and the poem itself holds a secure place in my heart.
Thank you very much.
I am not a typist and am only just beginning to learn how to use a computer so managing to order something over the internet was a great triumph for me. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2011 by Exsul