Image of Britain 1 and 2, originally published in 1961, are two special issues of The Texas Quarterly devoted to Britain. They include essays, fiction, poetry, and illustrations, most of them specially commissioned. The editorial aim was to achieve scope and variety. Surveyed in the articles are a dozen or more facets of British culture, among them politics, education, Anglo-American relations, religion, law, food, changes in class structure, pediatrics, the intellectual climate, scientific progress, and international relations.
Cartoons are only a part of the book’s illustrations. In addition, the photographer Hans Beacham visited England at the Quarterly’s invitation to depict for American readers distinguished figures in British arts and letters. His gallery of forty-one portraits of writers and other notables has historical as well as artistic importance. Beacham also contributed twenty-one hauntingly beautiful photographs of the studio of the late great sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein.
Thirty-three of the contributors to the first collection are British. Among the authors are the noteworthy—Dom Moraes, Ted Hughes, and Alan Sillitoe, for example—as well as the firmly established and celebrated, such as John Wain, William Sansom, and Henry Green.
Condition: Good. Books that have been read but are in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The dust jackets, however, have wear including chips and creases. The pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.