|Book cover of Riverside Bookshelf version of The House of the Seven Gables, 1924 edition illustrated by Helen Mason Grose|
Dr. John L. Idol Jr., in a lecture at the Turner-Ingersoll House on September 14, 2000, discusses the illustrations by Helen Mason Grose for the Houghton Mifflin Riverside Bookshelf edition of the novel: "In minutely detailed paintings in color and in woodcuts done in black and white, she presented a prettified, sentimental, and energized set of illustrations. Her characters interact, especially in the paintings, and she showed a knack for choosing dramatic scenes where reader interest in most intense, for example, when Judge Pyncheon attempts to kiss Phoebe. Grose depicts her drawing back just as Judge leans towards her, his lips in full pucker. Hepzibah's consternation upon seeing Ned Higgins enter her cent-shop is vividly captured. Grose has been attentive enough to Hawthorne's text to render the house with an over- hanging second story. Her efforts as a collaborative artist won't likely draw applause from mature readers, since she seems to have supplied illustrations suitable for readers in Houghton Mifflin's Riverside Bookshelf Series."
|(with special thanks to Dr. John L. Idol Jr.)||close window|