[ModLib] Painting on the Jacket for Alcott
lathbury at gmu.edu
Fri May 16 16:46:44 EDT 2014
Many mercis. Will try to check him out!
From: modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu <modlib-bounces at thuban.owu.edu> on behalf of John Krygier <jbkrygier at owu.edu>
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 3:18 PM
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Subject: Re: [ModLib] Painting on the Jacket for Alcott
Apparently Albert de Mee Jousset, who had completed the illustrations
for a planned Illustrated Modern Library which was scrapped. I forgot
this fact about the Alcott!
Two Illustrated Modern Library titles announced for fall 1947 never appeared. The two "ghost" titles were Louisa May Alcott,Little Women, illustrated by Albert de Mee Jousset, and Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail, illustrated by Winold Reiss. The artwork for both books had been completed and paid for, line cuts for Little Women had been made, type was set and in galleys, and the color illustrations were being manufactured when the two titles were postponed. The type remained in galleys for a year and a half as Random House waited for economic conditions to improve. It was finally decided to publish the books without color illustrations in the regular Modern Library.The Oregon Trail appeared in 1949 and Little Women followed in 1950. The jacket illustrations were probably by Jousset and Reiss. Considering the $2,000 that each artist had been paid, the two jackets quality as the most expensive in the ML's history.
On May 16, 2014, at 3:07 PM, Scot Kamins <kamins at modernlib.com<mailto:kamins at modernlib.com>> wrote:
BookNotes on ModernLib for this title says "The color illustration on the dust jacket probably came from Jousset's original material."
On May 16, 2014, at 11:56 AM, Roger Lathbury wrote:
Dear John K:
Did the dust jacket say who made that painting for Little Women? It evokes, for me, not so much the book as a cosmeticized Normal Rockwell, who is also a cosmeticized Norman Rockwell. I'd be curious to know the name of the artist. The placing and figures, the treatment of the light, and the expressions recall something I've seen (maybe it's a NR picture?). I cannot think whom.
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