Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood
Gwen RaveratISBN: 1904555128;
Book DescriptionThis anniversary edition of a classic work, presented as a facsimile of a 19th century book is a delightful, quirky account - beautifully illustrated with the author?s famous line drawings - of her English childhood growing up as a Darwin at the end of the 19th century. Gwen Raverat, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin, described Period Piece, her classic memoir of an English childhood in the late 19th century, as "a drawing of the world when I was young." The observations of the small incidents in her life, recorded here both in pen portraits and line drawings, reveal an artist?s careful eye. Vividly evoking a bygone era, it is a shrewd, touching and comic portrait of her childhood, her eccentric relations and of Cambridge society and university. Since she was renowned as a book illustrator, it is not surprising that her line drawings for Period Piece are a masterpiece of controlled wit and charm all on their own.
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