(10/24/03 11:44 pm)
Re: Looking for book published in the 1960's (I think)|
You're looking for a book called The Golden Book of Fairy Tales, with translations
(from the original French edition) by Marie Ponsot and illustrations
by the divine Adrienne Segur. The book is now back in print again,
in a new edition that is easily available and looks very much
like the old one.
There's an article on Adrienne Segur on the Endicott Studio site:
including some examples of her art. More information on the
translator, poet Marie Ponsot, can be found at:
Edited by: Terri at: 10/26/03 9:44 am
There are many Segur fans on this board, and you'll find previous
discussions of her work in the board's archives.
Speaking of Segur, I recently came across a treasure trove of
*eight* books illustrated by her, published in France in the 1950s,
in a little bookshop in the medieval back streets of Lyon. (Actually,
to give credit where credit is due, it was Ellen Kushner who first
found them and then brought me back to the shop with her, promising
"a surprise".) I promptly beggared myself to buy them
all, of course. When time permits, I'll scan some illustrations
from them and add them to the article on the Endicott site. These
eight volumes include all the illustrations/stories we're familiar
with from the two American volumes of her work, but many, many
that we're not. What a find!
The bookshop specialized in children's books and the owner seemed
quite knowledgeable about the field -- but she said that Segur
isn't particularly well known in France today, and she was surprised
to hear that the artist has developed such a cult following in
the U.S. The only information she could add to the mystery of
Segur's life is that an early work of hers was published under
the name Adrienne Novel (perhaps "Segur" was a married
name? or another family name adopted later in life? or was Novel
even her true name to begin with?), and that she'd heard somewhere
that Segur was agoraphobic and never left her house...although,
since she couldn't recall where she'd heard it, she wasn't sure
how reliable this information was. She also didn't believe there
was a direct relationship between Adrienne Segur and the famous
fairy tale writer the Comtesse de Segur, which is something I'd
heard from other sources. Adrienne Segur was born in 1901 and
started publishing in the 30s; it is extremely unlikely that she
is still alive today. She'd be very old indeed.
(10/25/03 7:29 am)
Re: Looking for book published in the 1960's - Thank You!|
WOW! What a delight! I was so excited with this find that I already have the "Golden Book of Fairy Tales" and the "Snow Queen and Other Tales" on their way. I am a grandmother of a 3-year old granddaughter, and I am looking forward to sharing this with her. Of course, it will be after I've reread them front-to-back at least once.
In addition, this site is a find also! It will take me awhile to review the postings.
Thank you, again for your prompt response!