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Sir John Tenniel : Alice's white knight /
Rodney Engen.
Aldershot, Hants, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt. : Gower Pub. Co., c1991.
ix, 232 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
0859678725 :
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Aldershot, Hants, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt. : Gower Pub. Co., c1991.
0859678725 :
general note
With dust jacket.
catalogue key
Gift; Joseph Brabant; 1997; RB337240.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-[182]) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
Tenniel, creator of perhaps the most famous series of illustrations in English literature, Lewis Carroll's Alice books, was also one of England's greatest political/social satirists during the Victorian era. Over the long course of his career, Tenniel drew some 2,000 cartoons for the eminent magazine Punch, for which he was knighted. Engen, an authority on Victorian illustrators (e.g., Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers, 1988), has done a splendid job in this first full-scale biography of Tenniel. The task could not have been easy, given Tenniel's extremely reticent nature. Told, in detail, is Tenniel's difficult relationship with Lewis Carroll, difficulty due in part to each man's fastidiousness. Both author and illustrator insisted on endless changes for the engravers-the twist of a leg or curl of an eyelash. Tenniel's career as a Punch cartoonist is chronicled from early days to his later years, when he was serving as a kind of mentor for the younger staff members. Lavishly illustrated with a complete bibliography of Tenniel's book and periodical illustrations, this will be the definitive biography for some time. Recommended for all libraries.-C. Larry, Northern Illinois University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-08:
This careful study of Tenniel's career, most of it spent as a Punch cartoonist, focuses on the artist's work without exaggerating his achievement. The central and most interesting chapter covers his illustrations for Alice , discussing sources, technique, and effectiveness (as well as difficulties with Dodgson and the printers). There are a few biographical details, but Tenniel's intense reserve combined with the almost total lack of incident in his lengthy span prevent his really coming to life here. Engen refrains from psychological or psychosexual speculation (even on Tenniel's sole, two-year marriage to a dying consumptive). Nor is there much historical-social-cultural period setting. The scholarly nature of Engen's work limits its appeal to specialists, who will appreciate the bibliography and extensive checklists of Tenniel's book and periodical illustrations.-- Patri cia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Long Description
Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) was one of the most popular and influential illustrators of the Victorian period. During his lifetime he created not only his most famous illustrations for the Alice books of Lewis Carroll, but also over two thousand striking political and social satires for Punch magazine. No other artist of his day commanded such respect as an illustrator.Tenniel emerges from this biography as an obsessively private and engimatic individual, and as true product of the Victorian age. His difficult relationship with Lewis Carroll is recounted in fascinating detail (including the fact that it was Tenniel and not Dodgson who was responsible for the withdrawal of the first printing of Alice in the Wonderland) and his Punch career is examined by themes, social and historical issues and in the light of Tenniel's own troubled life.This is the first full-illustrated biography of Tenniel and it includes numerous unpublished examples of the Alice illustrations. The book concludes with an invaluable complete catalogue listing of all the books and periodicals illustrated by Tenniel.'a thoroughly researched study, attractive in every way..' Paul Johnson, Sunday Telegraph'This will be the definitive biography for some time' Choice, American Library Association
Table of Contents
On the Edge of Respectability 1820-1846
In Search of a Name 1846-1860
Mr. Punch Commands 1861-1864
Alice 1864-1872
Punch's Don Quixote 1873-1893
The Final years 1893-1914
Epilogue: Sir John Tenniel and the critics;Notes
Select Bibliography
Appendices: Books Illustrated by Tenniel
Periodicals Illustrated by Tenniel
Work exhibited by Tenniel
Portraits of Tenniel
Paintings by Tenniel
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