March 30, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Ever since coming across Graphics Classics‘ Gothic Classics edition featuring graphic novel adaptations of Northanger Abbey, The Mysteries of Udolpho and Carmilla, I’ve been a big fan of the Graphics Classics collection, and own several editions. Today I came across another publisher specializing in graphic novel adaptations, Self Made Hero. Self Made Hero’s publications are very different from those of Graphics Classics and both publishers provide something unique. Self Made Hero’s editions are scrappier, edgier but with less focus on classic or obscure literature. Self Made Hero’s comic book stylings will make them more appealing to some, while Graphics Classics illustration-heritage graphics will be preferred by others. I’m keen to order several editions from SMH from their Eye Classics, Crime Classics and Graphic Biography collections, including of course an adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s 1759 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
March 10, 2010 § Leave a Comment
More Georgian Gothic from Valancourt Books!
This is really one of those books I would buy based only on the title: The Caledonian Bandit: or, The Heir of Duncaethal, A Romance of the Thirteenth Century by Catherine “Mrs” Smith. How good does that sound? I, like Jane Austen, enjoy the Gothic pulp fiction of the Regency. First published in 1811, it is reproduced here in it’s original, unabridged two volume edition. According to Valancourt Books, only two known copies of the original text survive. Valancourt’s edition includes an intriguing introductory essay focusing on Scottish Gothic fiction.
December 29, 2009 § Leave a Comment
The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, published in 2008, appears to be another work of excellence from my favorite modern literary biographer, Frances Wilson, whose riveting biography of courtesan, author and master blackmailer Harriette Wilson (no relation) I have mentioned on this site before. Dorothy (1771-1855) was an author, diarist and aide to her brother, poet William Wordsworth.
I haven’t read it yet but based on Margaret Drabble’s review in the Times Literary Supplement (April 23, 2008) I intend to as soon as possible. I strongly recommend reading Margaret Drabble’s review, not only for her insights into Wilson’s work but also because Drabble’s expansion on Wilson’s idea of a connection between Dorothy and Emily Brontë is quite fascinating.
“Wilson confines her analysis largely to the period leading up to the writing of the Grasmere Journals (1800–03) and to the journals themselves, and she brings her story to an end with an emotional climax and a textual crux.”
“She describes the immense walks that Dorothy took, “with mud-encrusted skirts banging against her sturdy legs, her flimsy shoes, her neck and face often wet and cold, her eyes and ears alert to the beauty of every sight” and the disapproving reactions of family and landladies to this bohemian mode of travel. She invokes Miss Bingley’s scorn of Elizabeth Bennet’s three-mile walk to see her sick sister at Netherfield…”
“The Wordsworth walks were more Brontë than Austen, and Wilson uses Emily Brontë as a key to her understanding of brother and sister…”
Quoted from “Poor Dorothy Wordsworth, The Shadow Story of the Wordsworths and Wuthering Heights” by Margaret Drabble from The Times Literary Supplement 23 April, 2008
Dorothy Wordsworth’s Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland in A.D. 1803 was not published until many years after her death and is now considered a masterpiece of Picturesque travel writing. The text is available to read online or download over at Internet Archive
December 23, 2009 § 1 Comment
Wanting to visually explore not only oil and watercolor landscapes but also the paintings and scenes that influenced Georgian era artists I’ve put a new collection together over at my image bookmarking page titled (naturally) The Georgian Landscape