Grant F. Scott

Grant F. Scott is a professor of English at Muhlenberg College. He is the author of The Sculpted Word: Keats, Ekphrasis, and the Visual Arts, the editor of Selected Letters of John Keats, Joseph Severn: Letters and Memoirs, and with Sue Brown, New Letters of Charles Brown to Joseph Severn.

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Before he joined the staff of Punch and designed its iconic front cover, illustrator Richard “Dicky” Doyle was a young man whose father (political caricaturist John Doyle) charged him with sending a weekly letter, even though they lived under the same roof. This volume collects the fifty-three illustrated missives in their entirety for the first time and provides an uncommon peek into the intimate but expansive observations of a precocious social commentator and artist.

“This beautifully presented book contains for the first time the complete series of fifty-three illustrated letters written to his father by Richard Doyle, the ‘precocious boy’ who would become famous for his Punch drawings […] Their reproduction here in all their elusive detail, scrupulously annotated by the editor, is both pleasurable and educative.”

Times Literary Supplement