By William Makepeace Thackeray | From Four Corners Books
Anti-heroine Becky Sharp gets a refreshing new focus in British artist Donald Urquhart’s new edition of Vanity Fair, the sixth book in the Four Corners Books Familiars series. William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel follows the fortunes of strong-minded and strong-willed Becky Sharp through early 19th century British society.
Urquhart's drawings, inspired by the fashions and iconography of 1930s Hollywood, focus exclusively on Becky Sharp. “I wanted to sideline all the secondary characters,” says Urquhart. The novel is newly typeset in Perpetua and Felicity (partly chosen for their feminine names), typefaces designed by Eric Gill.
Four Corners Books’ Familiars provide a fresh look at the tradition of the illustrated novel, with each artist choosing a text to be reprinted in full as part of a newly created work. Each book is different in style and format, according to the needs of the artwork and the text. The Familiars series was nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011. The series designer is John Morgan.