Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Connecticut Yankee

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,
by Mark Twain, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
Books of WonderWilliam Morrow & Co, 1988
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain is simply a good read.  While the original illustrations for this novel are fabulous, I will be focusing on the version by Trina Schart Hyman.

For more on the original Daniel Beard illustrations, see the 11/15/11 article at Blue Black Ink.

What is there to love about the Hyman version?

Each chapter of the Books of Wonder version of A Connecticut Yankee is graced by an example of Trina's wonderful draftsmanship in graphic black and white.  Nothing takes away from the pure joy she puts in every line.  Eight full color plates are added throughout the text, including Morgan Le Fay, Hank, and Sandy, as pictured above.  Trina Schart Hyman has long been known for the ironic humor she sneaks into her illustrations, so it is no accident that her pairing with Mark Twain is a brilliant one.

Trina Schart Hyman depicts Sandy and the Yankee.

Hyman's Camelot
Hyman's Merlin

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