Under the Martians

As a child, I was a big science fiction fan. I particularly enjoyed illustrated editions such as this great version from the short lived Looking Glass Library imprint. In 1960 artist Edward Gorey created the cover and pen and ink illustrations for a revised edition of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds 1898  classic. This edition was book #21 in The Looking Glass Library series of 28  titles created in 1959 and managed by Jason Epstein, Clelia Carroll and Gorey. Edmund Wilson, Phyllis McGinley and W.H. Auden served as consulting editors. Each book in the series included this description on the dust jacket:

“Looking Glass Library includes a wide range of books for children of all ages… Many of these books have long been out of print, hard to find, or unavailable at prices most children can afford. Whether old or new, each book is among the best of its kind, written with the skill and imaginative truth that give children an appreciation of good literature, and enlarge their sympathies and understanding of the world in which they live.”


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1 Response to Under the Martians

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    I love the illustrations. Be lovely to see some of these treasures reprinted.

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