Beauty and the Beast (Hardcover)

Beauty and the Beast By H. M. Brock (Illustrator), Jerry Griswold (Introduction by), Anonymous (Adapted by) Cover Image
By H. M. Brock (Illustrator), Jerry Griswold (Introduction by), Anonymous (Adapted by)
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Beauty and the Beast, the classic French fairy tale, dates from the mid-eighteenth century - though it is rooted in older stories like Cupid and Psyche. It has also inspired newer tales like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and even King Kong. Laughing Elephant is proud to present the seminal version of the story that is so rooted in our culture.

The anonymous author of this Beauty and the Beast brings the familiar tale to life admirably. This version doesn't dwell too long on Beauty's family's financial troubles or her horrible sisters - instead, the narrative proceeds quickly to Beauty's fateful visit to the magical castle, with all the delightful details that have long fascinated children, like the disembodied hands that serve dinner and the magic rose.

H.M. Brock's illustrations are sumptuous and romantic. The animal servants are lavishly clothed, Beauty is exquisite, and even the Beast is a rather handsome lion. The castle is so huge and dazzling and the gardens are so lavish that one can't imagine why Beauty would ever want to leave.

This powerful story and Brock's lovely illustrations are accompanied by a new introduction from children's literature expert Professor Jerry Griswold. Laughing Elephant and The Green Tiger Press have long enjoyed bringing great illustrators out of obscurity. This version of Beauty and the Beast, part of Laughing Elephant and Green Tiger Press's Illustrated Classics series, revives a treasure with grace and intelligence. This is the quintessential version of an immortal tale, here to delight a whole new generation.

About the Author

H.M. Brock (1875-1960) along with his brother C.E. Brock had a long and successful career as an illustrator, no small feat during a time that saw some of the greatest of children's book artists. The brothers grew up in Cambridge, where their father was a specialist in Oriental Languages. Early on he was greatly influenced by his brother, with whom he shared a studio, but eventually developed his own vigorous style, one which lent itself very well to illustrating such works as The Deerslayer (1900), Sir Walter Scott's Waverly (1899), Shakespeare's King Richard II and four of the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as several of Charles Dickens' works and many other books. A devotee of Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M. Brock designed many posters and other promotional materials for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Jerry Griswold is a specialist in Children's Literature and in American Literature and Culture. The author of seven books, he has published more than 200 essays in the national press (Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, et al.) and is a frequent contributor to the New York and the Los Angeles Times. The former Director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Griswold was a professor at San Diego State University, UCLA, UCSD, and the National University of Ireland in Galway.

Praise For…

  “At their best both C.E. and H.M. [Brock] could stand comparison with any penman anywhere … They were not themselves ‘characters’ of course. They did not lead Bohemian lives, they were never drunk, they did not die young. They were not business-men enough to collect large sums in royalties, as Rackham very properly did on occasion … What is more they were not Londoners, even by adoption but confirmed ‘provincials’ (what on expression!) and this would certainly weight against them … Take a long look at H.M. Brock’s pen-and-ink work of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ essays, his Dickens characters, Christmas Tales, his superb illustrations to the New Testament. Put all these alongside the best of their hundreds of drawings for Punch – and it is surely clear than in all that galaxy of talent that shone so brightly in the Great Age of illustration, here were Castor and Pollux.”  

C.M. Kelly, The Brocks, 1975


Product Details
ISBN: 9781595834607
ISBN-10: 1595834605
Publisher: Laughing Elephant
Publication Date: November 1st, 2012
Pages: 48
Language: English