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“Illustration of a Picture”

“Illustration of a Picture”

American Authors and the Magazine Embellishments

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Art for the Middle Classes
Cynthia Lee Patterson
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the writers who contributed textual illustrations for engravings in magazines. It points out that engraving illustrations offered career opportunities for authors, helped them establish literary connections, and provide for them an opportunity for possible publishing venues in the future. It further adds that several famous authors who contributed original poetry and short fiction in illustrated magazines were also hired to compose illustrations for an engraving.

Keywords:   engraving, textual illustrations, authors, magazines, career opportunities

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