1st Edition

Illustration in Fin-de-Siècle Transatlantic Romance Fiction

By Kate Holterhoff Copyright 2022
    210 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines illustrations created to accompany fictions written by several of the most popular authors published in Britain and America between 1885 and 1920.

    By studying the lavish illustrations that complemented not only initial serializations, but also subsequent publications of fictions by H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, James De Mille, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H. G. Wells, the book demonstrates the significance of images to the fin de siècle romance form. In order to make fantastic plots seem possible, graphic artists worked hand in hand with authors to not only fill gaps in audience understanding, but also expand and deepen the meaning of these marvels.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, illustration studies, British and American history, and British and American literature.

    Introduction  1. Picturing the Past in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Historical Romances  2. From Visual Irony to Caricature: Expressive Animals in Rudyard Kipling’s Children’s Fiction  3. Desiring African Women in H. Rider Haggard’s Adventure Fiction  4. Picturing Machines in H. G. Wells’s Scientific Romances  5. A Cannibal Vision: Horror, Harper’s Weekly, and James De Mille’s A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder


    Kate Holterhoff received her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently an Affiliated Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology.