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Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin, A Child’s Story

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin, A Child’s Story by Robert Browning Illustrated and coloured by T. W. Craik and W. A. Craik

This facsimile of Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin, A Child’s Story is beautifully illustrated and colored by T. W. Craik and W. A. Craik. BlazeVOX presents for the first time this wonderful edition, originally created in 1959 as a gift by the illustrators to their young son. Robert Browning's poem captures the mysterious nature of the Piper legend and the resplendent, rich time period in which the tale took place, which has inspired many great illustrators such as Kate Greenaway, Arthur Rackham, Margaret Tarant, and Maxfield Parrish. The dramatic events that Browning recorded in 1842 marvelously unfold in the Craiks' illustrations. The pages have bold, imaginative drawings, deep lines, rich colors and fine (often idiosyncratic) details. From the pillaging rats to the gluttonous council members, every pen and brush stroke brings Browning's moral home. This work contains over 40 illustrated pages with hand lettering and includes a foreword by Roger Craik detailing this book’s creation by his parents. This unique book is intended for all ages.


"The book is beautiful. I enjoyed the illustrations, and I thought it was published with care, and great attention to all details."

—Lera Auerbach


Thomas Wallace Craik was born in Warrington, Cheshire, in 1927, and educated at the Boteler Grammar School there, from which he won an Open Exhibition in French and English to Christ's College Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis and Enid Welsford. He taught English at Leicester University College (later Leicester University), Aberdeen, Dundee and Durham, where he was Professor of English from 1977 until his retirement in 1989. After The Tudor Interlude (1958) and The Comic Tales of Chaucer (1964) he devoted himself chiefly to the critical editing of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. 

Wendy Ann Craik was born in East Finchley, North London, in 1934, and evacuated to the countryside in World War Two. After receiving a Ph.D. at Leicester University College, supervised by Monica Jones, she worked as a schoolteacher before entering academia. She was Reader in English at Aberdeen University, and Professor of English at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and has written four books on the nineteenth century novel.


Roger Craik was born in Leicester in 1956, and studied at the universities of Reading and Southampton. He teaches English at Kent State University, Ohio.



Book Information:


· Paperback: 52 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-158-0