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Arthur Rackham (1867–1939)

Author of Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

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About the Author

Arthur Rackham was born in London, England. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art. In 1892 he left his job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book show more illustrations were published in 1893 in To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, but his first serious commission was in 1894 for The Dolly Dialogues, the collected sketches of Anthony Hope, who later went on to write The Prisoner of Zenda. Book illustrating then became Rackham's career for the rest of his life. Rackham invented his own unique technique which resembled photographic reproduction; he would first sketch an outline of his drawing, then lightly block in shapes and details. Afterwards he would add lines in pen and India ink, removing the pencil traces after it had dried. With color pictures, he would then apply multiple washes of color until transparent tints were created. Arthur Rackham died in 1939 of cancer in his home in Limpsfield, Surrey. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Self portrait.

Works by Arthur Rackham

Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1851) — Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator — 1,723 copies
Aesop's Fables (1912) 488 copies
The Sleeping Beauty (1920) — Illustrator — 304 copies
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (1999) — Illustrator — 227 copies
Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring" (1979) — Illustrator — 195 copies
Cinderella (1919) — Illustrator; Illustrator — 182 copies
Fairy Tales (1988) — Illustrator — 127 copies
Arthur Rackham (1975) — Illustrator — 127 copies
Fairy Tales from Many Lands (1916) 126 copies
Princess Mary's Gift Book (1914) — Illustrator — 43 copies
A Christmas Carol (Calla Editions) (2018) — Composer — 20 copies
The Sleeping Beauty (Calla Editions) (2013) — Illustrator — 12 copies
A Dish of Apples (1921) — Illustrator; Illustrator — 9 copies
Some British Ballads (2008) 9 copies
The Allies' Fairy Book (1916) — Illustrator — 9 copies
Rackham Tarot (2019) 7 copies
Fairy Oracle (2018) 3 copies
A Fairy Book 1923 (2010) 2 copies
Arthur Rackham Wall Calendar 2018 (Art Calendar) (2017) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Some British ballads, illustr. by A. Rackham — Illustrator — 2 copies
Le Livre des Ballades — Illustrator — 1 copy
Es war einmal (1920) — Illustrator — 1 copy
Irish Fairy Tales 1ST Edition — Illustrator — 1 copy
La Cenicienta (1975) 1 copy
Arthur Rackham Wall Calendar 2017 (Art Calendar) (2016) — Illustrator — 1 copy

Associated Works

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) — Illustrator, some editions — 36,277 copies
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1589) — Illustrator, some editions — 31,433 copies
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) — Illustrator, some editions — 26,650 copies
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass (1865) — Illustrator, some editions — 25,227 copies
A Christmas Carol (1843) — Illustrator, some editions — 24,351 copies
The Wind in the Willows (1908) — Illustrator, some editions — 23,366 copies
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1603) — Illustrator, some editions — 19,587 copies
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (1812) — Illustrator, some editions — 14,114 copies
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1824) — Illustrator, some editions — 11,897 copies
Tales from Shakespeare (1807) — Illustrator, some editions — 5,517 copies
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1832) — Illustrator, some editions — 4,156 copies
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) — Illustrator, some editions — 4,048 copies
The Complete Fables (0600) — Illustrator, some editions — 3,557 copies
The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,798 copies
Christmas Books (1843) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,291 copies
Peer Gynt (1966) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,615 copies
Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,603 copies
Puck of Pook's Hill (1906) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,500 copies
Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas (1909) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,467 copies
Rip van Winkle (1819) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,283 copies
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,230 copies
The Compleat Angler (1653) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,150 copies
The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths (1920) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,087 copies
A Spindle Splintered (2021) — Illustrator — 881 copies
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) — Illustrator, some editions; Editor, some editions — 874 copies
The King of the Golden River (1850) — Illustrator, some editions — 827 copies
Thumbelina (1835) — Illustrator, some editions — 772 copies
Goblin Market (1862) — Illustrator, some editions — 734 copies
Irish Fairy Tales (1920) — Illustrator, some editions — 694 copies
The Chimes (1844) — Illustrator, some editions — 668 copies
English Fairy Tales (Retold by Flora Annie Steel) (1890) — Illustrator — 607 copies
Wagner : The Ring of the Nibelung [libretto] (1876) — Illustrator, some editions; Illustrator, some editions — 554 copies
Cinderella (1697) — Illustrator, some editions — 528 copies
A Treasury of Irish Myth, Legend, and Folklore (1986) — Cover artist, some editions — 499 copies
Undine (1811) — Illustrator, some editions — 446 copies
The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1900) — Illustrator, some editions — 358 copies
The Night Before Christmas (Arthur Rackham) (1954) — Illustrator — 280 copies
The Little White Bird (1902) — Illustrator, some editions — 254 copies
Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration (1990) — Illustrator — 237 copies
Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1998) — Illustrator, some editions — 209 copies
Grimm's Fairy Tales: Twenty Stories (1973) — Illustrator, some editions — 196 copies
Cinderella Liberator (2019) — Illustrator — 178 copies
Grimm's Fairy Tales {Rackham illustrations} (1996) — Illustrator; Illustrator, some editions — 166 copies
Once Upon a Time: The Fairy Tale World of Arthur Rackham (1972) — Illustrator — 119 copies
Wagner : The Rhinegold + The Valkyrie [libretto] (1853) — Illustrator, some editions — 86 copies
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1916) — Illustrator, some editions — 85 copies
Wagner : The Rhinegold [catchall] (1869) — Illustrator, some editions — 84 copies
Irish Fairy Tales (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Illustrator — 74 copies
Wagner : Siegfried + Twilight of the gods [libretto] (1853) — Illustrator, some editions — 64 copies
Wagner : Siegfried [libretto] (1871) — Illustrator, some editions — 50 copies
Feats on the Fiord: A tale of Norway (1899) — Illustrator, some editions — 44 copies
The Old-Fashioned Children's Story Book (1979) — Illustrator — 32 copies
Waking Beauty (2022) — Illustrator — 31 copies
Poe Illustrated (2007) — Illustrator — 30 copies
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens Retold for Little People (1929) — Illustrator, some editions — 27 copies
Nobilis: A Roleplaying Game (1999) — Illustrator, some editions — 17 copies
Folklore of Europe Anthology (2009) — Cover artist, some editions — 16 copies
The illustrators : the British art of illustration 1800-2002 (2002) — Front cover illustrator — 13 copies
Snowdrop and Other Tales (1920) — Illustrator — 9 copies
The Rainbow Book: Tales of Fun and Fancy (2011) — Illustrator, some editions — 8 copies
Rondalles d'Andersen (1987) — Illustrator, some editions — 7 copies
Gramarye 5 (2014) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Grimm's Fairy Tales {The Planet} (2015) — Illustrator — 4 copies
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm {Abaris} (1984) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow And Other Stories (1987) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Gulliver's Travels. Daily Sketch edition (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 2 copies
Contes de Grimm illustrés par Arthur Rackham (2017) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Gramarye 12 (2017) — Cover artist — 1 copy
De Walkure : eerste dag van de trilogie De Ring van den Neveling — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy
Kazki dlja ditej ta vsijeji rodini: iljustraciji Artura Rekhema (2016) — Illustrator, some editions — 1 copy

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Throughout traditional literature, there are few illustrators who have made an impression as Arthur Rackham. The playful characteristics and the anthropomorphization of Aesop's animals brings them to life. Arthur Rackham illustrations are synonymous with traditional literature having illustrated Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, The Ingoldsby Legends, English Fairytales and Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in three volumes. Rackham's ink and watercolor images have the textural detail that not many had in the late 1800s/ early 1900s, and his serene human faces and expressive animals and magical creatures ignite within the imagination. Though Arthur Rackham died before many awards were given, in 2013 the Society of Illustrators in America gave Rackham the posthumous honor of entry into its Hall of Fame.… (more)
 
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Baseball_Institute | Apr 8, 2022 |
I am a fan of mythology specifically greek mythology because this is meant for children it's a bit easier for them to comprehend but that doesn't mean I would not still love mythology.
 
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J_sweeeney26 | 12 other reviews | Aug 5, 2021 |
The tale of the sleeping princess awoken by her handsome prince is a well known one. The precious child long sought after by a prosperous King and Queen is finally delivered to the great joy and delight of the kingdom. However disaster strikes when an offended fairy, not invited to the christening through her own reclusiveness that caused others to forget her existence, proceeds to curse the child to death on her fifteenth birthday. Luckily another fairy was able to alter the curse so that not death but sleep would befall the princess. And so a hundred years later the sleeping princess was awoken by her prince and they all lived happily ever after.

The Sleeping Beauty is a classic story for so many reasons; it is a tale of caution, to not offend powerful fairies or go wandering into locked towers. But more than this it demonstrates that you cannot run from your fears but must face the inevitable, come what may. A story that speaks to the romantic in all of us, that true love is worth waiting for, even if it takes a hundred years. Ultimately, though, it is about the curse of ignorance and the power of knowledge, for if someone had thought to tell the poor girl of her curse she might not have been so keen to use a spinning wheel. A much beloved classic here retold that should be reread.
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