Fairyland in Art and Poetry by Richard Doyle

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Poetry to delight anyone who still believes in magic.

"When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies."
--J. M. Barrie, Scottish, 1860-1937, from Peter Pan

The art of Englishman Richard Doyle offers lush glimpses into the world of the wee folk. Doyle's fairies troop through meadows, twirl in the moonlight, and enlist birds and bugs in games and mischief. His whimsical illustrations, chosen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, are paired with poems by William Shakespeare, John Keats, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Butler Yeats, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Stevie Smith, and Langston Hughes, among others.

Fairy sweethearts among the roses illustrate Wilder's "The Fairies in the Sunshine," elf babies in a snail race match Robert Graves's "I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child," and a fairy queen carried by butterflies reimagines Shakespeare's popular "Queen Mab" soliloquy. A magical treasury that will enchant readers of all ages.

About Richard Doyle

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Richard Doyle was one of the most popular illustrators of the Victorian era. Described by a contemporary as "just the sort of artist a child would ask to do a funny man on paper," he was best known for his "fairyland" figures.
Published April 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Now, Fairyland in Art and Poetry: From the Metropolitan Museum of Art pairs Doyle's popular artwork with poetry by the likes of William Shakespeare, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Eleanor Farjeon and Langston Hughes in a handsome keepsake edition.

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