Beauty and the Beast

Jerry Griswold Ilustrat de H. M. Brock
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en Limba Engleză Hardback – November 2012 – vârsta de la 5 până la 10 ani
The Beauty and the Beast story, French in origin, is one of the newer of the classic fairy tales. The first version of it dates from the mid-eighteenth century, though the tale of a beautiful woman forced by circumstance into romantic proximity to an ugly creature occurs throughout folklore and literature (Cupid and Psyche, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, King Kong). 
H.M. Brock’s version of Beauty and the Beast (1914) is a sumptuous and romantic one. Brock’s figures are lavishly clothed, Beauty is exquisite, and even the Beast is a rather handsome lion. Beast’s castle is so huge and dazzling, his gardens are so lavish and even his servants (who are exotic animals) are so beautifully dressed that one can’t imagine why Beauty would ever want to leave. 
The un-credited author of Beauty and the Beast brings the familiar tale to life admirably. We don’t dwell too long on Beauty and her family’s financial troubles or horrible sisters, and instead proceed quickly to Beauty’s father’s fateful visit to the magical castle, where all the delightful details that have long fascinated children (and illustrators and film directors) reside. The disembodied hands serving dinner, the magic roses and of course the transformative powers of love are all handled adroitly.

This powerful story and Brock's lovely illustrations are accompanied by a new introduction from children's literature expert Professor Jerry Griswold. 
Laughing Elephant and The Green Tiger Press have long enjoyed bringing the great illustrators out of the past and into the present. In their new Illustrated Classics From The Green Tiger Press series they hope to revive these treasures with grace and intelligence and delight a whole new generation of children and adults. 
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ISBN-13: 9781595834607
ISBN-10: 1595834605
Pagini: 43
Ilustrații: Full color illustrations throughout
Dimensiuni: 183 x 231 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Laughing Elephant


  “At their best both C.E. and H.M. [Brock] could stand comparison with any penman anywhere … They were not themselves ‘characters’ of course. They did not lead Bohemian lives, they were never drunk, they did not die young. They were not business-men enough to collect large sums in royalties, as Rackham very properly did on occasion … What is more they were not Londoners, even by adoption but confirmed ‘provincials’ (what on expression!) and this would certainly weight against them … Take a long look at H.M. Brock’s pen-and-ink work of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ essays, his Dickens characters, Christmas Tales, his superb illustrations to the New Testament. Put all these alongside the best of their hundreds of drawings for Punch ߝ and it is surely clear than in all that galaxy of talent that shone so brightly in the Great Age of illustration, here were Castor and Pollux.”  
C.M. Kelly, The Brocks, 1975

Notă biografică

H.M. Brock (1875-1960) along with his brother C.E. Brock had a long and successful career as an illustrator, no small feat during a time that saw some of the greatest of children’s book artists. The brothers grew up in Cambridge, where their father was a specialist in Oriental Languages. Early on he was greatly influenced by his brother, with whom he shared a studio, but eventually developed his own vigorous style, one which lent itself very well to illustrating such works as The Deerslayer (1900), Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly (1899), Shakespeare’s King Richard II and four of the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as several of Charles Dickens’ works and many other books. A devotee of Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M. Brock designed many posters and other promotional materials for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Jerry Griswold is a specialist in Children's Literature and in American Literature and Culture. The author of seven books, he has published more than 200 essays in the national press (Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, et al.) and is a frequent contributor to the New York and the Los Angeles Times. The former Director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Griswold was a professor at San Diego State University, UCLA, UCSD, and the National University of Ireland in Galway.