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Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition Hardcover – 16 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571242502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571242504
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.9 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Book Description

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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I am a fan of the writer, and am building up a collection. The delivery was first rate, as was the quality of the book.
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Jenny Uglow is a great writer interested in the visual as well as the textual - that's why she's written biographies of Thomas Bewick, the bird artist, and Hogarth, as well as looking at Joseph Wright of Derby in her book on the Lunar Men.

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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I enjoy any book by this writer. Uglow is a great communicator with a wide ranging interest in visual arts and history. It is well illustrated, but I would have liked to have seen even more examples of illustration along with this text. A nicely designed publication though, quality paper and print. (Her Bewick biography Nature's Engraver is excellent - lively, detailed and altogether enjoyable.)
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Jenny Uglow's writing is suberb with an in depth knowledge of all her subjects
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Also wonderful service from this excellent book dealer. Many thanks.
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