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William Hogarth's epoch-defining paintings and engravings, such as "Gin Lane" and "The Rake's Progress," are renowned. He was London's artist par excellence, and his work supplies the most enduring vision of the eighteenth century's ebullience, enjoyments, and social iniquities.

From a childhood spent in a debtor's prison to his death in the arms of his wife, I, Hogarth follows the artist's life as he makes a name for himself and as he fights for artists with his Copyright Act. Through Hogarth's lifelong marriage to Jane Thornhill, his inability to have children, his time as one of England's best portrait painters, his old age and unfortunate dip into politics, and his untimely death, I, Hogarth is the remarkable story told through the artist's eyes. Michael Dean blends Hogarth's life and work into a rich and satisfying narrative, recommended for fans of Hilary Mantel and Peter Ackroyd.

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"William Hogarth, famous for inventing a 'moral' storytelling series of paintings and engravings he called Progresses (including the Rake's Progress and the Harlot's Progress), turns out to have had a progress of his own — from poor child to society artist, from engraver's apprentice to painter and lobbyist for copyright law, from frequenter of whorehouses to happily married man and back again, from ignored to lauded to mocked — that would require a Hogarth to depict. Lacking such an artist, we have Michael Dean's biographical novel, which draws on Hogarth's own writing and a range of other sources. That may make the novel sound boring, but it's not, largely because Hogarth — a likable self-promoter and self-described 'pug' of a man — makes for highly diverting company. It helps that he knew everyone and went everywhere, and that Dean is good at showing his foibles and his artistic process. Hogarth's eye for human frailty and nose for news, coupled with his way with line, made him the perfect artist for the first half of the 18th century — a time when high and low mingled at the theater, the debtor's prison, and the brothel. If the BBC hasn't already optioned this, it should get a move on: Hogarth's life, as Dean portrays it, is an educational but sexily pleasurable costume drama waiting to happen." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Michael Dean studied history at Oxford and holds a masters in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of multiple books, including a novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781468303421
Author:
Dean, Michael
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.38 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "William Hogarth, famous for inventing a 'moral' storytelling series of paintings and engravings he called Progresses (including the Rake's Progress and the Harlot's Progress), turns out to have had a progress of his own — from poor child to society artist, from engraver's apprentice to painter and lobbyist for copyright law, from frequenter of whorehouses to happily married man and back again, from ignored to lauded to mocked — that would require a Hogarth to depict. Lacking such an artist, we have Michael Dean's biographical novel, which draws on Hogarth's own writing and a range of other sources. That may make the novel sound boring, but it's not, largely because Hogarth — a likable self-promoter and self-described 'pug' of a man — makes for highly diverting company. It helps that he knew everyone and went everywhere, and that Dean is good at showing his foibles and his artistic process. Hogarth's eye for human frailty and nose for news, coupled with his way with line, made him the perfect artist for the first half of the 18th century — a time when high and low mingled at the theater, the debtor's prison, and the brothel. If the BBC hasn't already optioned this, it should get a move on: Hogarth's life, as Dean portrays it, is an educational but sexily pleasurable costume drama waiting to happen." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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