Recoupling Text and Image: Graham Greene's The Little Train

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Author(s)Reynolds K
Publication type Article
JournalThe Lion and the Unicorn
ISSN (print)0147-2593
ISSN (electronic)1080-6563
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This article constitutes the first comparison of original artwork by the two illustrators of Greene's first children's book: his then mistress, the little-known artist-designer Dorothy Craigie in the 1940s and the well-established illustrator Edward Ardizzone in the 1970s. It shows how the original artwork helps establish a dialogue between Greene's first children's book and his other writing and identifies connections with contemporaneous moderist literature. The piece also incorporates a historical discussion of the train story in the early twentieth century (a genre the history of which has never previously been explored in writing for children) and relates it to the modernist themes of travel, speed and urban development.
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
NotesThe illustrations are based on original artwork held in the archives of Seven Stories.
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