London: An Illustrated Literary Companion, compiled by Rosemary Gray, captures the varying moods of the great city over recent centuries, through diary entries, with quotations, poems, essays and extracts from great works written in its honour. It is beautifully illustrated with drawings and engravings from distinguished artists, including Gustave Dore, George Cruikshank, James McNeill Whistler and Hugh Thomson, and contains contemporary prints and photographs. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
A fascinating literary overview of London through the centuries.
Rosemary Gray is a lifelong London enthusiast, whose career has been in writing, editing and publishing. She has compiled collections of short stories, poems, fairy tales and essays for various publishers, and has created the Everlasting Diary and the Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary for the Macmillan Collector's Library. The gathering together of the material for this illustrated literary companion was a challenging task as so many artists have illustrated parts of the city and so many authors have written about London - many praising, many decrying - but the final presentation has achieved a balance of opinions and comments from a host of the famous and the less famous.