|Books I've Owned Since I was A Kid. Part 4.
||[Aug. 16th, 2010|11:36 am]
Knowles' book is essentially a precis of Malory, with bits of Geoffery of Monmouth thrown in. He came to be a friend of Tennyson's (on the strength of dedicating this book to him) and (being an architect as well as a man of letters) built Alford- the house on Black Down in Sussex where Tennyson retreated during the summer months to escape the admirers who flocked round his other house on the Isle of Wight. Alford was one of the first houses anywhere with hot running water- and Tennyson got into the habit of taking three or four baths a day.
The rather gorgeous pictures are by Lancelot Speed- who was not only a prolific illustrator but also a pioneering film maker- responsible for such early animations as The Wonderful Adventures of Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.