New Irish president is a poet – but a bad one

Michael D Higgins is no poet | Books | guardian.co.uk.

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Authors and illustrations

Usually the illustrations in novels are readings of fictional works by the artists and although they might add to a book, few people would think of referring to them as an integral part of the text. Famously, Tenniel’s drawings for Alice in Wonderland were executed in such close cooperation with Lewis that no edition of Alice without the Tenniel drawings is really Alice. Another unusual case is where the author is the illustrator as, for example, in Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Alice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/28/alice-in-wonderland-exhibition

The Hobbit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2011/oct/24/hobbit-tolkien-in-pictures

Not so bloody Mary?

Times Higher Education – Mary I: England’s Catholic Queen.

‘Balanced views of Mary I are rare. She is more often than not cast as the “Bloody Mary” of Protestant legend: reactionary, obsessive, persecuting – and, while we’re on the subject, short and ugly as well. Those who rightly seek to explode the prejudice behind that caricature can sometimes get carried away by their own passionate defence, until burning people at the stake comes to seem entirely laudable…’