Monday, 13 January 2014

A very nice Christmas present

My wife gave me this rather wonderful Christmas present  - a lovely edition of Coleridge's THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER illustrated by Mervyn Peake.

Peake must have known the famous Gustave Doré illustrations but has produced something far less cinematic in its sweep.  They are darker, simpler - more intense, more psychological.

He makes the mariner - and the story - seem more universal and therefore more modern.  Good illustrations, like good movie adaptations, can reinvent a story for a new generation.  Peake certainly did this.  He was the best of the 20th Century illustrators of the poem, I think.

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