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

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Kim Reynolds


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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Reynolds K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Lion and the Unicorn

Year: 2013

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-19

Print publication date: 01/01/2013

ISSN (print): 0147-2593

ISSN (electronic): 1080-6563

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press


DOI: 10.1353/uni.2013.0007

Notes: The illustrations are based on original artwork held in the archives of Seven Stories.


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