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Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition Hardcover – 16 Oct 2008
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Words and Pictures by Jenny Uglow is a beautifully illustrated little book exploring the relationships between British writers and artists.
About the Author
Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now works in publishing. Her books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. The Lunar Men, published in 2002, was described by Richard Holmes as 'an extraordinarily gripping account', while Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007 and A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent book In These Times, a comprehensive history of the home front during the Napoleonic Wars, was described as 'a remarkable book written by an award-winning historian at the peak of her powers'. She lives in Canterbury.
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She is also such a lovely light writer that she manages to sneak all sorts of excellent information and intriguing thoughts into your head without you even realising that she's doing it. She has three main chapters to this book - one on Milton, Bunyan, Blake and dramatic illustrations of religious woes; one on Hogarth and Fielding and their depiction of everyday downclass life in 18th century England; and one on Wordsworth and Bewick and their interest in showing how it felt to be close to nature. Then there's a last chapter on Tenniel, Alice, Dickens and his illustrators.
It's a meandering book, but you never feel anything other than enjoyment because you are with such a sure guide. Very enjoyable for anyone who is at all interested in books with pictures and how they work. And a very nicely produced book if you are looking for a gift.
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Jenny Uglow's writing is scholarly and contemporary, like everything she has written. Beautiful book.Published on 18 Aug. 2014 by Sam
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