"In a Glass Darkly" is Sheridan Le Fanu's most famous collection of ghost and mystery stories. There are five, all recounted by Martin Hesselius: "Green Tea", "The Familiar", "Mr Justice Harbottle", "The Room in the Dragon Volant" and "Carmilla". What makes the Faber Finds edition unique is the illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. The original title-page says, 'with numerous illustrations by Edward Ardizzone'. That is true, there is an abundance of them from the full-page to the vignettes. This illustrated edition was first published in November 1929. Eighty years to the month is it being reissued by Faber Finds. It is an anniversary worth celebrating. Edward Ardizzone was one of the best and most distinctive illustrators of the twentieth-century and this was the very first book to benefit from his work. It was an auspicious start.
Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish writer who wrote prolifically in many different genres, though is most famous for his gothic and mystery tales. His two best-known works are Uncle Silas and In a Glass Darkly. The latter has been reissued in Faber Finds in the edition illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) was one of the outstanding book illustrators of the twentieth-century. His range was wide, from his first book, Sheridan Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly, to Classics such as Pilgrim's Progress, children's books, not least his own Little Tim titles which he also wrote, contemporary titles like Walter de la Mare's Peacock Pie and H. E. Bates's My Uncle Silas, and the three titles on which he collaborated with Maurice Gorham: The Local (reissued after the Second World War as Back to the Local - and now published by Faber Finds), Londoners and Showmen and Suckers
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