Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Children's Book

I've just finished "The Children's Book" by A.S. Byatt and it was a wonderful read about a very interesting period. Just a few topics mentioned in the book: the Suffragette movement, the bohemian way of life of artists and their families, the Great War,...
The end of the Victorian age and the turn of the century are a very tumultuous period, a part of history that is far away and yet very close to us.
And now I want to learn more about William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement, I want to read Peter Pan and find a good biography of mister Barrie, etc, etc...
I even made a pinboard, inspired by this book.
Patterns by Morris:

The Morris and Burne-Jones families:

Peter Pan, illustrated by the genius Arthur Rackham:

A few interesting links:
Preraphaelite Paintings
Red House
Victoria and Albert Museum
Turn of the Century, pictures and more pictures, to get in the mood of that period.


Vicki Boster said...

I am so happy to hear that you loved that book. I have read so many bad reviews and yet I am also intriged by it. I have a free sample on my kindle and have not read that it - I heard it starts out slow - did you think so? Now that you have given such a glowing review I think that I am going to tackle it.

Thanks so much for your insight~~


Flutterby Patch said...

Hi Sabine, I'm a great fan of Morris, Rackham, and others in the arts and crafts movement and have collected quite a few books over the years. Happy reading. Eli