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Illustrated Classic Literature, Without Hue, is Natural

Illustrated classic literature, without hue, is natural. Yet I have heard fifty complaints about the hue-less illustrations in our adapted classics collection of illustrated literature for middle school readers. Modern youth demand colorful images, so why do we insist on peddling books with black and white, i.e.; pen and ink illustrations?

Color is nice. We live in a world of color, and I’m glad that we do. But when we first set out to adapt classic stories for illustration, we immediately decided to illustrate the stories without color. That’s because, had these stories been illustrated when written many decades ago, artists would have almost certainly used pen and ink. Also, to be honest, our budget didn’t allow for printing books in color, a much more expensive process. Hence, illustrated classic literature, without hue.

So there you have it—now you know. We are true to form and budget-conscious. But also unbowed, patiently waiting for the day when modern youth finally tire of seeing absolutely everything in color.

Charley Goodfellow inspects bullet in “Edgar Allan Poe’s Thou Art the Man”

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