the Illustrators

Each one of Yale’s Little History books is illustrated by a different contemporary artist-illustrator, whose specially commissioned work is designed to enliven and enhance the text. Initially inspired by the style and appearance of books from the 1930s – when E. H. Gombrich was writing his Little History of the World for Younger Readers – these images are often a humorous nod towards what is to come in the chapter that follows.

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Gordon Allen

Gordon Allen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Loving the etchings of Rembrandt, he taught himself how to etch through trial and error, and established a business, selling through several galleries across the United States.

For many years, Gordon has divided his time between etching and painting. He also occasionally illustrates books that interest him!

Some of his most loved subjects are Maryland’s Eastern shore and the salmon rivers of Atlantic Canada where he has spent many summers. He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, two dogs and a filthy cat.

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Books in the little histories series

A Little History of the United States

How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in …

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