A Wonder Book – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys is a book written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864), and is followed by the sequel, Tanglewood Tales. It is a masterful re-writing of well-known Greek myths, bringing literary classics to children. The stories are all stories within a story; told by Eustace Bright, a college student from Massachusetts, telling the tales to a group of young listeners. It contains the myths of ‘The Gorgon’s Head’, ‘The Golden Touch’, ‘The Paradise of Children’, ‘The Three Golden Apples’, ‘The Miraculous Pitcher’, and ‘The Chimaera’.
This edition of Hawthorne’s Wonder Book further contains a series of dazzling colour and black-and-white illustrations – by a pioneer of the craft; Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939). One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration (which encompassed the years from 1850 until the start of the First World War), Rackham’s artistry is quite simply, unparalleled. Throughout his career, he developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance. Appearing alongside the text, his illustrations further refine and elucidate Nathaniel Hawthorne’s captivating storytelling.