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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Nick Morley

Hand holding plum/ illustration by Nick Morley

Nick Morley is an artist and illustrator based in Margate. He makes prints and drawings in his studio at the Pie Factory
A particular passion is linocuts, which Nick promotes through his Linocutboy blog, exhibitions, writings and workshops.

Illustration commissions include book covers for Penguin, Faber & Faber and The Folio Society, thirteen drawings for Frankie Boyle’s book Work, Consume, Die and a front cover for Icon magazine.

The major themes running through Nick’s personal work are masculinity, heroism, human achievement and man’s efforts to leave his mark on the world.

Nick has exhibited widely across the UK and abroad. His work has been featured in Telegraph magazine and a BBC2 documentary about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in which it was picked out as a favourite by Vic Reeves.

Visit the website of Nick Morley.

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Books in the little histories series

A Little History of Poetry

A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is la …

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