The Victorian Illustrated Book

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Richard Maxwell
University of Virginia Press, 2002 - Design - 440 pages
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Throughout the nineteenth century, but most intensely in the reign of Queen Victoria, England and Scotland produced an unprecedented range of extraordinary illustrated books. Images in books became a central feature of Victorian culture. They were at once prestigious and popular--a kind of entertainment--but equally a place for pondering fundamental questions about history, geography, language, time, commerce, design, and vision itself. Concentrating on the use of illustration in literature--especially novels, poems, and children's books--the essays collected in The Victorian Illustrated Book address a wide chronological and stylistic range of work. They offer fresh insights into such diverse topics as illustration in the books of Charles Dickens and William Morris, the use of words as images, the intersection of children's books and shopping, the use of maps in fiction, the decline of illustrated volumes after Queen Victoria's death, and the proposal that Victorian illustration was a major inspiration for modernist and postmodernist experiments with the form of the book.

Contributors: Steven Dillon, Bates CollegeNicholas Frankel, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityCharles Harmon, Loyola UniversityElizabeth Helsinger, University of ChicagoSimon Joyce, Texas Christian UniversityRichard Maxwell, Valparaiso UniversityRobert L. Patten, Rice UniversityJeffrey Skoblow, Southern Illinois University at EdwardsvilleKatie Trumpener, University of ChicagoHerbert Tucker, University of Virginia


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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Maxwell's account of Victorian illustrations for reasons that are very near and dear.


Walter Scott Historical Fiction and the Genesis of the Victorian Illustrated Book
Illustrations of Time Watches Dials and Clocks in Victorian Pictures
Serial Illustration and Storytelling in David Copperfield
Maps and Metaphors Topographical Representation and the Sense of Place in LateVictorian Fiction
Literal Illustration in Victorian Print
William Morris before Kelmscott Poetry and Design in the 1860s
Beyond Reading Kelmscott and the Modern
Aubrey Beardsley Embroiders the Literary Text
Alvin Langdon Coburns Frontispieces to Henry Jamess New York Edition Pictures of an Institutional Imaginary
City Scenes Commerce Utopia and the Birth of the Picture Book
The Destruction Rebirth and Apotheosis of the Victorian Illustrated Book

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Richard Maxwell is Professor of English at Valparaiso University and the author of The Mysteries of Paris and London (Virginia) and editor of a new edition of A Tale of Two Cities.

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